Muggsy Bogues in Turkey: If I was taller, I would’ve been more dangerous


bogues-turkeyThe NBA’s smallest guard, retired player Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues is in Turkey, as part of NBA’s street basketball tournaments, which are being hosted outside of the United States, in 14 countries, Turkish Ajansspor website reported.

Bogues arrived in Istanbul today, and was quick to share a short message with his fans on Twitter.

“It’s been a fun day so far out here in Istanbul,” he tweeted.

NBA’s official partner regarding the tournaments, Turkish Avea company hosted a press conference, where Bogues was present. He spoke to the journalists and made a press statement.

Marketing vice president of Avea, Dehshan Erturk and Senior NBA director Naci Cansun were also present at the press conference.

Bogues noted that he’s very happy to be in Istanbul as part of the street basketball tournament, and said that he himself grew up playing street basketball.

“I had a dream of playing in the NBA. It was tough, however I made it,” Bogues told reporters. “Yes, I am not the tallest one, however playing at the highest level was a challenge for me. I set an example for other people. If i was taller, I would’ve been more dangerous.”

Marketing vice president of Avea, Dehshan Erturk in his turn said that in the future such tournaments would be hosted in other cities of Turkey, not just Istanbul.

Bogues is mostly remembered for the years he spent with the Charlotte Hornets.

He averaged a double double during the 1993-94 NBA season with 10.8 ppg and 10.1 apg. The next season he was averaging career high 11.1 ppg.

Bogues appeared in total 889 NBA games (556 started), averaging 7.7 ppg, 7.6 apg and 2.6 rpg in 28.6 minutes on the court.

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