Hornets legend Muggsy Bogues to be honored with NBA TV documentary ‘Muggsy: Always Believe’

By Chase Whitney

November 19, 2021

Photo: Jim Bounds / AP

On top of being one of the most recognized figures in the NBA throughout his career as a 5’3” point guard, Muggsy Bogues played a critical part in bringing sustained pro basketball success to the city of Charlotte. He played with tremendous heart on the floor, and has remained a part of the community since his career wrapped up, coaching the WNBA franchise Charlotte Sting and the United Faith Christian Academy’s boys’ basketball team. He was also a team ambassador for the Hornets when they rebranded in 2014.

As part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary, NBA TV will be releasing a documentary about Bogues titled Muggsy: Always Believe, an installment to their Basketball Stories series. The documentary will air on Nov. 20 at 10:00 p.m. EST on NBA TV and will later be available to watch on NBA.com.

Bogues appeared in 15 playoff games with the Hornets, including two of the four years in franchise history where Charlotte advanced beyond the first round. He put up 8.8 points, 8.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game during his 10 seasons with Hornets and his connection with Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson propelled one of the most exciting NBA teams of the ‘90s.

Perhaps his best individual season came in 1993-94, when he averaged a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.1 assists per game to go with 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals on 47.1 percent shooting. The Hornets, led by coach Allan Bristow, finished just outside the playoffs at 41-41 that season, but went 50-32 the next season with Bogues posting a career-high 11.1 points per game.

In spite of being the shortest player in NBA history to this day, Bogues racked up a long list of accomplishments. NBA TV’s documentary will spotlight the adversity he faced throughout his youth in Baltimore and his struggles while trying to make it as a professional basketball player. 

Muggsy: Always Believe will air on Nov. 20 at 10:00 p.m. EST on NBA TV and will later be available to watch on NBA.com.

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