ALL throughout his life, Tyrone Curtis Bogues had always been looked down on mainly due to his height.
Popular known as Muggsy, he fondly claims he is a 'fun sized' individual who only stands at 5-foot-3.
Yet, how in the world did he make it in the Land of Giants and played 14 seasons in the NBA?
Yes, Bogues may be small in size, but the native of Baltimore, Maryland has always taken price in his big, fighting heart.
“I have an enormous heart. I believe more than anyone. And that's what brought me this far,” a trim Bogues related to Spin.ph.
Bogues is the perfect example that anything is possible and serves as fitting inspiration to Filipino basketball players that height is not always might in the sport closest to our hearts.
“It was a matter of me trying to prove what many thought was impossible,” Muggsy quipped when asked how he survived in the NBA.
“I was not normal in some other people's eyes. When they say you’re different and that you’re not supposed to be in the NBA, I didn’t believe that.”
Bogues went on and enjoyed a stellar career in the NBA, suiting up for such teams as Washington, Charlotte, Golden State, and Toronto. A highlight-reel moment of his long career in the league included a remarkable block on New York Knicks 7-foot-1 center Patrick Ewing back in the 1993 season.
A modern day David against the Goliaths of the NBA and of society, Bogues is a living testament that there are no such thing as obstacles for as long as one puts his mind, heart, and God in the equation.
Bogues is currently the coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys basketball team and has re-directed his energy to his Always Believe Foundation aimed at empowering victims of bullying.
The NBA legend is also not closing the doors on a possible shot at a head coaching stint in the very same league where he is considered as one of the all-time assists and steals leaders.
And for someone who has defied the odds all his life, that is certainly another big challenge to conquer.