Manute ∩ Muggsy: The NBA’s tallest and shortest were once teammates battling a “sideshow” label

13 sep 2020
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While you might not think a 7′7″ player and a 5′3″ player would have much in common, Manute Bol and Muggsy Bogues both had to fight hard to do the same thing: prove they were more than just their height. This feat was made more difficult when a team with struggling attendance, the Washington Bullets, drafted both of them.
As a former short basketball player/bench-sitter, I’m often quick to dismiss super-tall players as nothing more than trees, and laud short players as superior athletes in every single way. Make a statue for the short ones already; it’s not going to cost as much cuz you don’t need as much material.
But Manute, though tall, is not easily dismissed. A Dinka tribesman who made his way to the pros in a new country and new culture, he’s is still the record holder for most blocks in a single game with 15 (tied with Shaq, but Shaq only did it once, Manute managed it twice). The tenacity, strength of character, and athletic skill Manute displayed to succeed in the NBA is extremely impressive.
And Muggsy? Along with Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, he rocketed the Hornets from expansion team to one of the most popular teams in the NBA. Oh, and he still holds the franchise’s record for most assists and steals.
So, let’s just say we need to see a couple of statues.
Written and produced by: Clara Morris
Directed and edited by: Jiazhen Zhang
Motion Graphics by: Michael Das
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  • Sad the Hornets never retired MB's jersey number

    Eaze DropEaze Drop8 dagar sedan
  • 3:28 "with their No. 1 pick" Muggsy was the 12th pick honey

    Perico Jordan23Perico Jordan2318 dagar sedan
  • Manut(ae) Bol

    Daniel SkellingtonDaniel Skellington18 dagar sedan
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  • Which one was the small one?

    Tom FooleryTom Foolery19 dagar sedan
  • You forgot George marissant was on the team too

    Sam IngramSam Ingram21 dag sedan
  • This may be my favorite episode it's such a pure underdog for love of the game story. Two names every basketball fan should celebrate. Well done.

    sethsassysethsassy23 dagar sedan
  • George Muresan is actually the tallest nba player

    Risner France GarcesRisner France Garces27 dagar sedan
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    Thelma RudolphThelma Rudolph28 dagar sedan
  • If Muggsy had a 44 inch vert, why did they never record him dunking? 🤔

    Philmon BerhePhilmon Berhe29 dagar sedan
  • Manute bol made the term “my bad” due to being new to speaking English.

    chewy yochewy yoMånad sedan
  • muggsy was 12th not 1st

    Alex HaAlex HaMånad sedan
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    Zach HostoryZach HostoryMånad sedan
  • Great video

    Justin NardineJustin NardineMånad sedan
  • Manure bol the tallest gheorghe muresan hold my beer

    Jason ArmentJason ArmentMånad sedan
    • Manute bol damn autocorrect

      Jason ArmentJason ArmentMånad sedan
  • wholesome

    evanevanMånad sedan
  • Fantastic

    Ira EvansIra EvansMånad sedan
  • wait so the wizards have had the tallest nba players and some of the shortest

    Potato AimPotato AimMånad sedan
  • This is one of y'all best videos. #Salute

    PHC Underground RadioPHC Underground RadioMånad sedan
  • 3:24 - I'm sorry, but Mugsy was drafted 12th by the Bullets, not 1st. That was the Spurs with David Robinson, I know you guys meant they used their 1st round pick, but the wording was strange.

    Ulquiorra CiferUlquiorra CiferMånad sedan
  • Bol. Great man 🙏🏽🔥

    rob bookerrob bookerMånad sedan
  • This woman’s voice is soothing as hell. Feel like I’m being told an old wise tale from my grandma

    Alex DickersonAlex DickersonMånad sedan
  • Even as an unremarkable 6'1" guy I'm still inspired by Bogues' determination to make a solid NBA career out of himself.

    Peter Donkey-DooPeter Donkey-Doo2 månader sedan
  • You missed Muggsy's appearance is Space Jam

    Peter Donkey-DooPeter Donkey-Doo2 månader sedan
  • 3:39 that's not true! Earl Boykins was the second shortest nba player

    Adam RAdam R2 månader sedan
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    diego andres plazas zambranodiego andres plazas zambrano2 månader sedan
  • At 5:30 the name of the coach is pronounced Kevin Locker-ee (a long time NBA coach), not Lowery like Will Smith's character in Bad Boys...

    mustangmaniac1983mustangmaniac19832 månader sedan
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    Marcia AshmanMarcia Ashman2 månader sedan
  • Bol was older than 47, his college coach called him 19 so he could play in college, he was more like in his mid to late 20s

    Christian HansenChristian Hansen2 månader sedan
  • In summary, all Washington sports teams suck

    Monty ChamblissMonty Chambliss2 månader sedan
  • Some people credit Manute Bol for the phase ‘My bad’.

    2o72o72 månader sedan
  • I always thought Bogues was take than Bol

    MidShipMouseMidShipMouse3 månader sedan
  • Bol Bol meet Bogdan Bogdan

    OgGuak420OgGuak4203 månader sedan
  • Rewinder idea: Andy Dalton pass to break the Bills playoff drought

    Jackson DaronJackson Daron3 månader sedan
  • Manute bol? As in father of future nba legend, Bol Bol?

    Barack ObamaBarack Obama3 månader sedan
  • Another African player of that era who is one of the most significant athlete humanitarians ever was Dikembe. Manute was a great great man. May he Rest In Peace and best of luck to Bol Bol

    Casey MarlowCasey Marlow3 månader sedan
  • I miss those old Sprite commercials, especially the one with Missy and Redman

    B. WeatherspoonB. Weatherspoon3 månader sedan
  • Mugsy was did wrong

    Nate EllemNate Ellem3 månader sedan
  • This young lady sounds like she’s breathing through a respirator filled with helium

    Badaus BreedBadaus Breed3 månader sedan
  • They played again somewhere else it was a minor league. Rhode Island team I believe I cant remember.

    Vinny SmooveVinny Smoove3 månader sedan
  • Muggsy is the GOAT🐐

    Erik NicolaisenErik Nicolaisen3 månader sedan
  • Shes gonna say he was born in South Sudan as if he didnt invent South Sudan

    SmxkeStacksSmxkeStacks3 månader sedan
  • Is the narrator a male or female? Underage or old af? I'm confused....

    Nikkles 91Nikkles 913 månader sedan
    • @Pedro Augusto Costa I haven't seen her so I had no idea who it is based on the voice only. This was my first video I watched of this channel

      Nikkles 91Nikkles 913 månader sedan
    • She(Clara), is probably in her 20's with that cute face, but for real she is probably in her 30's

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto Costa3 månader sedan
  • "I got a crime record longer than Manute Bol" - Big L

    Frederick CarigoFrederick Carigo3 månader sedan
  • Gheorge Muresan seeing the two be like: 👁👄👁

    ClippygoatClippygoat3 månader sedan
  • Great Job!

    eddiefonzarellieddiefonzarelli3 månader sedan
  • Manure was a warlord lol

    Dylan RyanDylan Ryan3 månader sedan
  • Funny how tallest player, shortest player. Learn to Cleveland d rose to Chicago. Little ironies or hey look at that in the nba could lead one to believe it’s rigged 🤔

    G2KPOATG2KPOAT3 månader sedan
  • They impacted the world and Basketball in different ways, I love it.

    Amadou NdiayeAmadou Ndiaye3 månader sedan
  • And now Bol Bol was born

    Isaac ChungIsaac Chung3 månader sedan
  • Btw no one actually know manutes age

    animeboy 421animeboy 4213 månader sedan
  • Dude this narrator is honestly terrible can y'all fire her pls

    Brian KroodsmaBrian Kroodsma3 månader sedan
    • No???? She was one the founders of the channel even before they exist, she is extremely important and everyone on the team loves and respect her, so no, she won't be fired for a long time. And she is a great narrator, she acts like a good aunt on a rain day telling stories about her years in college.

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto Costa3 månader sedan
  • Hes not the tallest player

    Cracker WeekCracker Week3 månader sedan
  • Is it too early for Lemiuex and Crosby?

    JuhimuzJuhimuz3 månader sedan
  • Manute Bol had every justifiable reason to be bitter but instead he lived a life of generosity and heart, caring more for others than for his own ego. We should all learn from his example.

    Joe DyJoe Dy3 månader sedan
  • "mugsy expanded the limitations of what an NBA player could look like, Manute expanded the idea of where a basketball player could come from." They both deserve to be in the HOF if you ask me.

    Diego GonzalezDiego Gonzalez3 månader sedan
  • It’s a weird detail, but I love that you use the mathematical symbol for intersection in these titles. It’s easy to miss since it also looks like you’re saying Manute n’ Muggsy, but if you know what it is, it’s a dorky little secret that you’re in on, which is my jam. Never stop being awesome Secret Base.

    Agatha IllaAgatha Illa3 månader sedan
  • The lady's voice is so sad, I was waiting to hear "and then they sold em to the travelling circus"

    Holiday ProductionHoliday Production3 månader sedan
  • Wait hold up, Muggsy was not number 1 pick in 1987 though

    Nihal RameshNihal Ramesh3 månader sedan
  • One of the best videos on basketball players I’ve ever seen. Too many content makers just focus on the on-the-court accomplishments and not on the humanity of the people that play. This was so refreshingly thoughtful.

    Justin KennedyJustin Kennedy3 månader sedan
  • NBA should have given Bol an exception to take steroids just to see what we got

    umar bumar b4 månader sedan
  • Soccer sucks

    Mike ArsenMike Arsen4 månader sedan
  • His son, Bol Bol has some real skill. He has a lot to work on, but the kid has a chance to be a really transformative stretch big.

    Em4gdn1mEm4gdn1m4 månader sedan
  • It's funny how Washinton Bullets drafted Bol and then 8 years later drafted Muresan.

    Em4gdn1mEm4gdn1m4 månader sedan
  • Inspirational! 10/10... didn’t realize Bol helped so many people!

    Reuben Hodari ClarkeReuben Hodari Clarke4 månader sedan
  • this page has gone downhill with the narrator

    Silas RattraySilas Rattray4 månader sedan
  • Bol once made 6 threes in the second half of a game

    Josh WelJosh Wel4 månader sedan
  • If you add up their heights, it'll be 12'10. Which is almost exactly the height of two average NBA players stacked on top of each other

    sharpshooter9407sharpshooter94074 månader sedan
  • No one knew how old Manute was including himself lol

    Miami305Miami3054 månader sedan
  • This video is riddled with lots of stereotypes about Africa: "lion hunting center from Sudan", picture of a poor village from a country of more than 40 million people etc. Enough of these colonial descriptions of Africa.

    Jason StarrJason Starr4 månader sedan
    • You're riddled with assholery. The stereotypical treatment he received was part of the point of the video.

      qfmarsh64qfmarsh644 månader sedan
  • That 93' Hornets team was a damn fun team.

    Troy Dube'Troy Dube'4 månader sedan
  • This could be the best Secret Base episode so far

    bcdm999bcdm9994 månader sedan
  • Two great guys, first and foremost 🤝

    Jared BowieJared Bowie4 månader sedan
  • His NBA career might have decepated quietly, but man, Bol is among the greatest human beings ever. Best stats are those that matter.

    Joshua NavarreteJoshua Navarrete4 månader sedan
  • Can you do a video of lebron and pat riley

    CDs GdsddCDs Gdsdd4 månader sedan
  • Dont forget that 7'7 manute bol was one of the most lethal 3 point shooters of his era

    Brendan ConnollyBrendan Connolly4 månader sedan
    • @Tom Utd he is joking about that game when Manute score 8(or 6, I don't have sure) in a game. So may I r/wooosh you?

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto Costa3 månader sedan
    • No he wasn’t lol

      Tom UtdTom Utd4 månader sedan
  • Hey Man, an off-topic request. Can you make a video with the phoenix suns vs miami heat rivalry? I search for hours and i don't found nothing. But some way exists out of the conference rivalry and iam really curious. Thank you!

    dimoskm1990dimoskm19905 månader sedan
  • one more Bol fact for people. in 2004 he was in a car accident when a drunk driver (taxi driver) rolled the car. Bol broke his neck and had extensive injuries that he couldn't afford treatment for because he donated all of his NBA earnings. Even with hindsight, I highly doubt he would have kept a penny for himself. They don't make them like Manute anymore, in more ways than one.

    Greg EGreg E5 månader sedan
  • this was so good, loving this new series maybe try an overlap episode of bob lemon and bob feller?

    Colin TaquinoColin Taquino5 månader sedan
  • Respect to them showing Respect to Bol outside of ball.

    Rashaun GarrawayRashaun Garraway5 månader sedan
  • You should do an overlap of Griffey Sr and Griffey Jr baseball playing careers.

    AJ JonesAJ Jones5 månader sedan
  • Video fails because although you mentioned Mugsy's blocking, you failed to mention how good Manute was at 3 points. Seriously. He a game with 6 three pointers in a half (on great shooting percentage)

    Kendra KittenKendra Kitten5 månader sedan
  • did SB NATION CHANGE NAMES help asap

    Kerim Alp AltuncuKerim Alp Altuncu5 månader sedan
    • Yes. SB = Secret Base

      Tom UtdTom Utd5 månader sedan
  • I really enjoyed watching this video. When I was a kid, starting to watch basketball, we used to laugh at Manute Bol. As an adult now, I know it was because of a lack of knowledge as to who he was as a person and how important where he came from was to him. Since his death, quite recently, I witnessed how former NBA players and journalists who knew him talked about him. He was a beautiful and compassionate person. Much love to him and Mugsy for making the NBA a more interesting league.

    Jason JosephJason Joseph5 månader sedan
  • T H I R S T I S E V E R Y T H I N G

    bennyfactorbennyfactor5 månader sedan
  • So we just gone breeze past the “quote of the day” by Manute’s agent ✌🏾😭

    Help MeHelp Me5 månader sedan
  • You guys make the kinda content that makes me kick myself for not following sports. Awesome job

    Cousin KhamzatCousin Khamzat5 månader sedan
  • Loved this. Thanks for these stories that no one else tells.

    Dominik SchmittDominik Schmitt5 månader sedan
  • When did they change the channel name?

    Pharcyde 11Pharcyde 115 månader sedan
    • 2 months ago, look for the video called "The creation of Secret base needs a deep rewind" or something like that.

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto Costa3 månader sedan
  • YES

    PS2 GamerPS2 Gamer5 månader sedan
  • I wasn't convinced this would be a good series, but I'm more than sold. That episode was awesome.

    cd6xccd6xc5 månader sedan
  • Sudan is actually home to some super tall people 6’7 to over 7 feet

    SkyboundSkybound5 månader sedan
  • one of the est videos ive seen yall did amazing

    william daviswilliam davis5 månader sedan
  • bro muggsy was acyullay really good he was a amazing passer and got tons of steals

    william daviswilliam davis5 månader sedan
  • This was very good.

    Juan Cero BaseballJuan Cero Baseball5 månader sedan
  • 5:03 oh like Michael Jordan?

    AwsomeDude885AwsomeDude8855 månader sedan
  • Beef history, machodo and Milwaukee.

    Noah SabourinNoah Sabourin5 månader sedan
  • this is really a story on the spirit of humanity, and not giving up...and doing the right things..unselfish..bravo on this episode..

    iamrichrockeriamrichrocker5 månader sedan
  • Manute's stature as a humanitarian was greater than his 7'6" height. Sad he passed away early. Best wishes to Bol Bol as he continues his father's legacy, especially in this post season.

    Dan WilliamsDan Williams5 månader sedan