Muggsy Bogues & Grant Hill
HEART OVER HEIGHT

Grant Hill shares why he feared playing against Muggsy Bogues

Grant Hill shares his respect for Muggsy Bogues and everything he accomplished in his career despite being truly undersized for a standard NBA player.

Muggsy was a remarkable athlete

Muggsy Bogues was truly a remarkable athlete and once-in-a-lifetime player in the NBA. Standing at 5′3,” Muggsy had a tremendous NBA career that lasted for 14 years despite him not having the height of your classic basketball player. He wasn’t just a journeyman in the league but was the starting point guard on a few really good times in the ’90s and made a name for himself and was a role model for kids because he showed you don’t have to be extremely tall and strong to be productive in the NBA.

However, despite being only 5’3″ Muggst was a superior athlete by all other parameters, and another former player Grant Hill had the opportunity to witness that firsthand. When matching up with Muggsy, throughout the years, Hill learned what made him one of the most dangerous guards of that era.

“There were times when as I premiere ball handler initiating the offense during my Detroit years when we played Charlotte, you always wanted to know where Muggsy was. I didn’t want to put the ball on the floor at all with him on the court. A lot of times, we would put Lindsey Hunter in the opposing corner, and that was our offense, just to keep Muggsy away from all the action. I think that at that size to have that kind of impact on the game. You can’t teach height, but you also can’t teach heart. He played at that size and made a difference. Caused havoc defensively, offensively pushed tempo, made great decisions. He wasn’t really a three-point shooter but more of a mid-range, catch-and-shoot kind of guy.”

His legacy still lives on

Obviously, Muggsy was never the top-tier point guard in the NBA throughout the ’90s, but for a few seasons in a row, he averaged more than 10 points and 10 assists to go along with a couple of steals per game. That is pretty remarkable feet for someone that was shorter than your average high-school kid. Hill hopes that the younger generations of NBA fans would learn more about Muggsy and his career because it might serve as a source of inspiration for anybody that wants to become a professional basketball player.

“He played in this NBA and played for a while and played on good teams, so one of a kind, and I think it’s great we are honoring him and celebrating him and telling his stories so today’s generation can understand who Muggsy Bogues was and what he was all about.”

NBA TV recently aired Muggsy’s new documentary under the title ‘Always Believe,’ which tells a story about his life and career. Several NBA players like Steph Curry were featured in the documentary, saying Muggsy was a significant source of inspiration for them on their path to becoming basketball players. Curry also has had a special bond with Muggsy ever since he was a kid because his father Dell played with Muggsy for a few years in Charlotte, so he had the opportunity to spend time with him off the court.