Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

11. Muggsy Bogues

If you were born short, played short and were hovering around five feet tall the first 18 years of your life, you’d probably say that your chances of making it to the NBA were close to zero. Even for the best playground and high school players, it’s a one in a million shot to play in the world’s biggest and best basketball league. Now let’s say you make it all the way up to 5-foot-3?

How many times do you think Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues was told he’d never make it to the NBA?

He was like a water bug on the basketball court for the Dunbar Poets and head coach Bob Wade and when big colleges started calling, his dream of playing in the NBA came closer to reality on a pathway through Wake Forest. In 1987, he was the 12th overall pick of the draft by the hometown Washington Bullets and Muggsy spent 14 seasons in the NBA, playing with the heart of a man twice his size. He was an incredible passer, dribbler, ball theft and was always one of the fastest players in the league. His diminutive size wasn’t a hindrance but instead a weapon. He appeared in movies and became a head coach in the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting in 2005.

Bogues allowed all the “little guys” to dream their dream of playing in the NBA.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    This list is spot on…but somewhere in 16, Ray Lewis’ name should have appeared. No doubt about it.

  2. TimNATC Says:

    Heck of a job with this list! I see one that is missing though. His name is Nestor Aparicio. You cannot be a Baltimore sports fan and not recognize what Nestor has done for/meant to the city of Baltimore. Nestor worked hard from a young age to learn and master his craft. When he started WNST people laughed and said he would fail. He had a nationally syndicated radio show and gave it up because he didn’t want to leave his hometown. We should all be thankful that he stayed. Since I have known Nestor (I only really know him through listening and reading) he has always been ahead of his time. He loves sports, he loves Baltimore. Thank you Nestor!

  3. Rich Says:

    TimNATC stole my thunder. Except somehow I believe Nestor’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of 16, but is blatantly included by way of the byline. I, too, believe Nestor is the ultimate Baltimore sports dream-come-true story, but you’d be hard-pressed to fill the stands with enough believers. I don’t think he’d really want it any other way. Nice work, Nasty, as always.

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