The Play That Ruined Muggsy Bogues’ Career

The Play That Ruined Muggsy Bogues’ Career

The Charlotte Hornets met with the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs. The Hornets team featured Glen Rice, Zo Mourning, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy among others. 

Muggsy was known as a strong, quick tenacious on-ball defender. He was a defensive nightmare and loved guarding players full-court — this meant you could barely bring the ball up (keep in mind this was the hand-checking era).

Anyway, the story takes place in Chicago. The Series was tied at 2 and Hornets had a chance to win game 5.

Down by one to the Bulls, the Hornets needed to make one more huge basket to avoid getting bounced in the 1995 NBA Playoffs. Muggsy Bogues took the ball during this biggest possession of the game with Michael Jordan guarding him. Eventually, Jordan stepped back and gave Bogues the space to shoot the rock and said — Shoot it you fucking midget,  The 5-foot-3 guard took the shot and didn’t come close. The Bulls won the game, 85-84, and moved onto the semifinals to play the Orlando Magic.

After that moment, Muggsy was never the same, he averaged only 5.9 points per game for the remainder of his career. In comparison, before this, he averaged double-digits for three straight years. Eventually, Muggsy Bogues actually told Johnny Bach (the Hornets Coach at the time) that he believes that single play ruined his career. MJ with no regard for human life.