American retired basketball player Tyrone Curtis “Muggsy” Bogues was born on January 9, 1965. Bogues, who stands at 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 metres) and is the shortest NBA player ever, played point guard for four different clubs during the course of his 14-year NBA career.
He played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors, but is most remembered for his ten seasons with the Charlotte Hornets.
In six straight seasons (1989-1995), Bogues finished in the top seven in assists and in the top 10 in steals.
His NBA double-double total was 146. After his NBA career, he was the WNBA’s now-defunct Charlotte Sting’s head coach.
What did Muggsy do after retiring as a player?
His autobiography, In the Realm of Giants, which was published in 1994, describes his hardships as an inner-city Baltimore child trying to make it in the NBA. Where all the tallest NBA players get special attention, Muggsy broke the stereotype and become one of the best.
Before being chosen head coach of the Charlotte Sting in the Women’s National Basketball Association on August 3, 2005, despite having no prior coaching experience, Bogues worked in the real estate industry after leaving the NBA.
Helen Darling, a member of the Sting, stood at 5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 metres), making him the smallest of any of his teammates. Before the Sting disbanded in January 2007, Bogues guided the squad to a 14-30 record.
After working as Shaun Wiseman’s assistant, he took over as the head coach of the boys high school basketball team at United Faith Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2011.
During his three seasons as head coach at the school, six players were named to the all-state team. After receiving a new contract offer, he resigned in 2014 in order to seek other chances.
Bogues took part in the Charlotte Hornets’ rebranding after being chosen the team’s ambassador on March 18, 2014.
After viewing a Shark Tank episode and getting in touch with panellist Mark Cuban, who had already invested in Ash & Erie, Bogues made a 2018 investment in the short men’s apparel firm.
Bogues has been in a number of television commercials, although, at least early in his career, he shied away from those that highlighted his little height.
Over his career, Bogues has made appearances in advertisements for brands including Hyundai, Bojangles, AT&T, First Union National Bank, Sprite, and more. He and his mother both made appearances in Reebok ads in 1995 as part of a promotion showcasing NBA players and their moms.
He made his appearance in IBM ads in 2002. He made an appearance as a Christmas elf in an NBA 2K15 commercial in 2014.
He was featured in an Axe commercial in 2016. Bogues made many appearances in ads for the web hosting provider GoDaddy in 2019. He made an appearance in a 2022 Caesars Entertainment promo.