For multiple years there was an ongoing rumor and somewhat a legend that Michael Jordan in some way ended Muggsy Bogues career by calling him a midget in a playoff game. More precisely, ‘shoot it, you f***ing midget’ and how that statement and the outcome of that playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets affected his career in later stages.
Muggsy made a guest appearance on VladTV where he pretty much went on to debunk that statement saying it’s complete nonsense and how he is surprised people still talk about it.
That thing has been debunked so many times, I didn’t even know it was still floating on the internet. I played seven more years after that and after I hurt my knee. I played basketball for so many years, and the word midget is going to get to me; that is just ridiculous. It doesn’t make sense to me.Muggsy Bogues, via VladTV
Muggsy had his share of battles with Jordan during his time with the Hornets, and the most prominent one being in the first round of 1995 playoffs. He has nothing but respect for Jordan and the Bulls squad that would, later on, win three consecutive championships in a row after adding Dennis Rodman to the team.
Jordan at that time was the GOAT, and that was a rockstar team back then, especially when they added Dennis Rodman. When he came back, they were making that push, and we lost. We felt like we had the game, but the referees thought otherwise. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t a two-guard, so I didn’t have to guard him much. He was the ‘Black Cat’ as we called him. He was the guy that we knew where the ball was going, everybody knew, and even with two guys on him, he found the way to prevail. That is the type of player he was.Muggsy Bogues, via VladTV
The urban legend circulating involving Muggsy and Jordan implied that the playoff moment crushed his career and the way he performed later in his career. Even though it’s true that after that season, Muggsy’s numbers were no longer on the same level, mostly because of an injury that made him miss the majority of next season. At that point in his career, he was already 31 and evolved into a solid bench player who spent additional seven seasons in the league until he retired in 2001.