Muggsy Bogues, a basketball star, philanthropist, and author, recently published a new autobiography titled Muggsy: My Life from a Kid in the Projects to the Godfather of Small Ball that recounts some of his most noteworthy life experiences. The former NBA player traveled back to his hometown to hold a book signing that drew a sizable crowd of family members, friends, and admirers. The two-hour event was held at the recently opened, Black-owned Bar One Restaurant & Lounge in Harbor East.
Richard Catlett, one of Bogue's friends, said, "I'm coming here to pay tribute to a legend. “His legacy will always live throughout Baltimore. He’s been one of the greatest to ever come out of Baltimore- not only on the court but outside the court. He’s a great individual and a great man.”
As a member of the Dunbar High School basketball dynasty in the early 1980s, Bogues, gained notoriety alongside teammates Reggie Lewis, David Wingate, and Reggie Williams. The four created a standard for Baltimore's rich basketball history and culture. Bogues was born and raised in the Lafayette Housing Projects in East Baltimore. He later became a standout point guard at Wake Forest University until the Washington Bullets drafted him with the 12th overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.
Bogues' finest years came while he was a standout with the Charlotte Hornets. He played for the Charlotte Hornets nine of his 14 seasons and set records as the shortest man to ever play in the NBA at 5-foot-3. He also played for the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors before retiring from the NBA in 2001.
“Feels great to be back home. This is where it all began,” said Bogues. “I’m just honored to be in this position and I’m blessed to be able to say I came from Baltimore. “It’s good to see the people that you started with.”
Bogues spent the entire evening meeting with individuals who bought his autobiography, signing copies, speaking with them, and taking pictures. Book reviewers called it a "candid and insightful memoir." The 256-page book offers readers an in-depth look at his career, struggles, and victories. He also hopes the memoir will act as a source of inspiration.
“You want to make sure that folks have the opportunity just to believe that anything is possible. We face challenges that we feel are unvarying, that we can’t overcome, but hopefully, they can read my story and believe that anything is possible,” said Bogues.
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