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Friday, September 3, 2010

The Shortest NBA Basketball Players, In The Land of Giants

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If you're not a fan of basketball, of course you would never imagine there is a professional basketball player whose height is only 1.60 m. But if you are one of the NBA basketball fan, you definitely know who is Muggsy Bogues.

Muggsy Bogues (born January 9, 1965, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) at 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) is the shortest player ever to play in the NBA. Bogues played point guard for four teams during his 14-season career in the National Basketball Association.

His career was set in stone on June 22, 1988 when he was signed to play for the Charlotte Hornets during an expansion draft as a point guard. After settling in, he was able to play for the Hornets for 10 years and became one of the team’s most popular players.

Besides playing for Charlotte Hornets, he also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors.

Since leaving the NBA, Bogues worked in the real estate business until August 3, 2005, when he was named head coach of the Charlotte Sting in the Women's National Basketball Association despite a lack of coaching experience. Notably, he was shorter than all of his players, the shortest member of the Sting being Helen Darlings who stands 5 ft 6 in (1.7 m). He lost his job as coach when the team folded in January 2007.

He currently works for the Charlotte Bobcats in their front office. His autobiography, In The Land of Giants, recounts the struggles of growing up in inner-city Baltimore and achieving success in the NBA.

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The current and second shortest player in NBA history behind Muggsy Bogues is Earl Boykins (born June 2, 1976, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.) who was 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m).

Even though he was never officially drafted by a team, he often signed short-term contracts with teams to play as the point guard. He spent most of his career with the Denver Nuggets. He is well known for his scoring techniques. On November 11, 2004, Boykins scored 32 points in a 117-109 Nuggets' home win over the Detroit Pistons, making him the shortest player in NBA history to score 30 or more points during a game.

He also played for the L.A. Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, and many others. Today, Boykins plays for the Washington Wizards.

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