Basketball icon Muggsy Bogues returns home for signing

By Demetrius Dillard,
Special at AFRO

Basketball legend, philanthropist, and author, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues has released a new autobiography chronicling some of the most memorable moments of his life titled, “Muggsy: My Life From A Kid In The Drafts To The Godfather Of Small Ball.”

The former NBA star returned home to host a book signing that drew dozens of relatives, friends and supporters. Bar One Restaurant & Lounge, a relatively new black-owned restaurant in Harbor East, hosted the two-hour event.

“I come here to pay homage to a legend,” said Richard Catlett, one of Bogue’s friends.

“His legacy will always live on throughout Baltimore. He was one of the greatest to come out of Baltimore, not just on the court but off the court. He’s a great person and a great man.”

Bogues, 57, rose to prominence as part of the Dunbar High School basketball dynasty in the early 1980s with teammates Reggie Lewis, David Wingate and Reggie Williams. The four-man tandem set a precedent for Baltimore’s rich basketball culture and heritage.

NBA star Muggsy Bogues with former Baltimore City Council member Carl Stokes at the recent release of the athlete’s latest book. (Photo courtesy)

Raised in East Baltimore’s Lafayette housing projects, Bogues then excelled as a point guard for Wake Forest University’s basketball program before being drafted 12th overall in the NBA draft. in 1987 by the Washington Bullets.

Making history as the shortest man to ever play in the NBA at 5-foot-3, Bogues’ early years came when he played for the Charlotte Hornets, where he played nine of his 14 seasons. He also played for the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors before concluding his professional career in 2001. Bogues retired from the NBA as the league’s all-time No. 16.

“It feels good to be back home. That’s where it all started,” Bogues said. Baltimore. “It’s good to see the people you started with.”

Throughout the evening, Bogues signed books, talked and took pictures with guests, who bought the autobiography, which book reviewers called “a frank and insightful memoir”.

The 256-page book gives readers an in-depth look at his career, his obstacles and his triumphs – from legendary duels with prominent 1990s figures like Michael Jordan, John Stockton and Gary Payton, to the movie “Space Jam”, watching a young Steph Curry become the star he is today.

Bogues has overcome a lot of adversity and is no stranger to being underestimated due to his height from childhood to adulthood. He graduated from Wake Forest as the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) all-time leader in assists and steals, to continue to excel in arguably the NBA’s most competitive era, distinguishing himself as a defensive specialist and general on the ground alongside Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Dell Curry.

The Charlotte, North Carolina resident hopes the memoir can also serve as a tool for inspiration.

Basketball legend Muggsy Bogues recently hosted a book signing event in his hometown of Baltimore. (Photo courtesy)

“This opportunity came up, and I wanted to present it because I wanted to give [hope to] a lot of people going through so many challenges, especially with the pandemic,” Bogues said.

“You want to make sure people have the opportunity to believe that anything is possible. We face challenges that we believe are unchangeable, that we cannot overcome, but I hope they can read my story and believe that anything is possible.

Since retiring from the NBA more than 20 years ago, Bogues has worked in the real estate industry, been involved in promotional advertising, and coached basketball teams and programs. for young people. He also runs a non-profit organization, the Muggsy Bogues Family Foundation, and is an ambassador for the Charlotte Bobcats team. Muggsy also became the special draft advisor to the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

His first book, “In the Land of Giants: My Life in Basketball”, was released in 1994.

Bogue’s daughters, Brittney and Tyisha, and older brother, Anthony “Stroll” Bogues, attended the book signing along with a host of other family members and friends who still reside in the area.

“He [Muggsy] means a lot to this city and to this culture,” said Anthony Bogues, who works part-time as a basketball referee at various sporting events around the city.

“I’m so proud of him, that’s not a word I could say. I’m so proud of him, I love him to death and I’m glad he’s doing what he’s doing.

Brittney Bogues works closely with her father in the family charitable foundation. She is also the owner and founder of Bogues Group, a North Carolina-based consulting agency.

“His life story transcends sport. It is much bigger than sport,” Brittney said.

“The fact that he overcame all the odds – where he grew up and is the smallest to ever play – I feel like this book is really about his relationships and the impact that he had about the game while he was playing and also about life after basketball.”

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