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“We had a 'Muggsy Bogues rule'” — Vince Carter on how the Toronto Raptors dealt with Muggsy Bogues

In the end, the Raptors had grown tired of Muggsy and decided to sign him when he hit free agency in 1999.
Muggsy Bogues and Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter

Muggsy Bogues and Vince Carter

Former Charlotte Hornets point guard Muggsy Bogues surely didn’t strike many as a player who could cause that much trouble on the court. But that’s only if you like to stereotype short players. Because, in reality, Muggsy posed a serious threat to the opposing team during his playing years in the NBA. In fact, the Toronto Raptors even came up with a rule to deal with the 5-foot-3 legend.

If Muggsy wasn’t there, Beware!

Believe it or not, Vince Carter once said Bogues used to inflict quite a damage on the Raptors in the 90s. And when “Vinsanity” arrived in Toronto in 1998, the Raptors already had a so-called “Muggsy Bogues Rule.”

According to Carter, the “Muggsy Bogues Rule” was simple. The idea was to ensure Bogues was already on his side of the court when the Raptors brought the ball down. Because if not, there’s a great chance Muggsy would be coming from behind and stealing it. (Yes kid, Jose Alvarado isn't the first guy to do this)

The following season, the Raptors seemed to have had enough of Bogues. Toronto thought if they couldn’t beat him, sign him. So, when the 5-foot-3 point guard hit free agency in the summer of 1999, the Raptors decided to acquire Bogues.

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In Toronto, Bogues and Carter developed a good friendship. Just recently, Bogues himself paid tribute to their time as Raptors teammates on social media. Of course, there’s no better way to look back at those years than making a throwback post about the “Muggy Bogues Rule.”

Detroit shared the same sentiment

Aside from Carter and the Raptors, Grant Hill and the Detroit Pistons also faced the same dilemma with Bogues. The Pistons didn’t have a specific rule and name for it, but their approach was similar to that of the Raptors.

As per Hill, there was a stretch in which he was tasked to set the plays for Detroit, and he didn’t like doing so whenever they faced the Hornets because Muggsy never got intimidated with his 6-foot-8 figure. For GH, it was taxing to always know where Bogues was on the court as he could pop out of nowhere and mess the play up without you noticing it.

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,” Hill once revealed. “…You can’t teach height, but you also can’t teach heart.”

Having heard Carter and Hill’s revelations, we now know that Bogues may be the shortest player ever to play in the NBA, but without a doubt, he earned the respect of players way taller than him.

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