Normally, expansion teams take several years before they even sniff the playoffs. The 1992-93 Charlotte Hornets, just four years removed from their inception, said “to hell with that waiting period.” Their young, talented roster featured Alonzo Mourning, Dell Curry, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues. They were an electric team, and their playoff series against the Boston Celtics gave us one of the most iconic shots in NBA history. So, where are those players now? Read on to find out.
No, not the world-famous lounge singer, the slightly less famous basketball player. This year was Bennett’s rookie season, and he only saw 11.4 minutes per game — which, admittedly, is pretty good for a second-round pick. Bennett’s playing career was short lived due to a foot injury, but he didn’t stray from the hardwood. After leaving the Hornets, Bennett signed with the North Harbour Kings in New Zealand. During that time, he actually became a player/coach, and found he was pretty good at the coaching aspect. The coaching bug became a full-on viral infection, as Bennett went on to coach at Washington State and currently, the University of Virginia, where he’s heralded as one of the top defensive coaches in the country.
By and large, short players are a kind of novelty act in the NBA. Muggsy Bogues was no novelty act. The 1992-93 season was one of the best of his career. He averaged 10 points, 8.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds (!!) and 2.0 steals per game. He may not have measured up to anyone else on the court, but that didn’t pose much of a problem when few players could keep up with him.
Bogues enjoyed an incredibly long career, finally retiring at the age of 36. After retirement, Bogues dabbled in coaching, most notably with the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA (the team folded in January of 2007). When the then-Bobcats were rebranding and bringing back the Hornets name, it was only right that they brought Bogues back into the fold as the team’s ambassador.