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Monday, March 16, 2009

Muggsy Bogues Stands Tall Among His Peers

Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues is the shortest player ever to play in the NBA at 5'3" and there was a reason he was able to transcend the usual height requirements for professional players. He had 3 attributes that made him successful despite his size:

  1. He had unreal heart and mental toughness. Need an example? Take a look at this picture. He was one of the few NBA players not to back down to the toughest player ever to play - Michael Jordan. There are many stories of players wilting under the pressure that Jordan would put on them during the game as he scored on them at will. Bogues was tough enough to realize that he might not be able to stop MJ, but he was going to make it as tough as possible on him.

  2. Competitive Spirit - Bogues was competitive enough that his friends said that if you challenged him in a race on the street, he would challenge you back to just say 'go'. This is something that most professional athletes are born with and Bogues would not let his size diminish his spirit.

He was an unbelieveable athlete. Despite being mentally tough and competitive, Bogues was obviously a tremendous talent at 5'3" and one of the best athletes to ever play in the NBA. At that size, he had to generate enormous power and speed to compete on the court with players that were much taller and stronger. He was able to do that with his God given talent and even though size was not one of them, he proved that size is not everything and you can compete with the best athletes in the world if you have the heart of a champion.

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