Chuck Checks In

It's off to Dallas and Charlotte for the streaking Raptors and you have to
respect the job the Mavs and Hornets have done early in the season. The Mavs
have been entertaing fans with their up-tempo style of play triggered by
Canadian Steve Nash, who has been brilliant at the point. Nash is finally
healthy and now making big plays for Don Nelson.

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Michael Finley is an
outstanding talent and Dirk Nowitzski can play for me any day of the week. He
can fill it up from three point range with the best of them.

I am delighted the Mavs are making inroads in the Dallas market. It's an underrated basketball city and with new owner Mark Cuban making a splash on and off the
court the Mavs will be contending in the not so distant future.

The Hornets
have got a five game win streak going and they're doing it without Derrick
Coleman
. Coleman ate himself off the active roster and in my opinion
they're a better team without him. Jamal Mashburn is enjoying his finest
start ever and has finally earned the respect of his ownership. After
struggles in Dallas and Miami Mashburn has found a home in North Carolina.

Baron Davis is another intriguing player who is starting to blossom in this
his second year in the NBA. But when one talks about the Hornets I still
think of two current Raptors and ex-Hornets in Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues.
Curry remains the franchise's all time leading scorer and Bogues is the top
assist man in Hornets' history.

Recently I sat down and talked to Muggsy about a variety of issues:

Chuck: Kids love you and always mention the movie Space Jam starring Michael Jordan in the lead role along with yourself, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and
others. What was that experience like?

Bogues
Bogues

Muggsy: I loved it. I had a great time and enjoyed every minute of it. We
were there for ten days filming the movie.It was intense shooting in to the
wee hours of the morning but we had great guys to work with such as Shawn
Bradley
and Larry Johnson. It was well balanced with the animated part of the
movie and the acting scenes as well.

Chuck: Do you see yourself in the Hall of Fame one day? After all for a man 5-3 to accomplish what you've done in the NBA that speaks volumes regarding the
obstacles you've overcome.

Muggsy: I don't think about it much. I know I've accomplished a great deal for
a man of my height. It's been a blessing and I thank God for the talent. I've
always given 110%.

Chuck: Muggsy be honest with me. Can you dunk?

Muggsy: I tipped one in college and dunked in high school. I can still touch
the rim.
I've always been a guy who has been able to get off my feet. I've still got a
little hop to my game.

Chuck: Do you see anyone from the next generation of players playing in the
NBA at your height?

Muggsy: I hope so. But you've got to have skill and believe in yourself.
You've got to beat the odds.

Chuck: How many more years would you like to play?

Muggsy: I have a business in North Carolina but am open to coaching or
broadcasting as well. I've got four years on my contract and want to play as
long as I can with my knees but I'll let God take care of that.

Chuck: Are you kids in to basketball?

Muggsy: My son loves the sport. He can shoot the ball. My daughter likes to
play a little bit but I'll encourage them in whatever they want to do.

Chuck: How did you get the name Muggsy?

Muggsy: From my days in Baltimore int he inner city when I was seven years
old. There was a TV show that came on every week called the "Bowery Boys" and there
was a character named Muggsy. The way I played basketball and the nicknmae
stuck with me . No one calls me Tyrone except one person: Mom!

Chuck: Thanks, Muggsy

Muggsy: My pleasure Chuck and I want to say hello to all the Raptors fans on
the web page.

Muggsy, by the way, remains on the injured list and hopefully will be back
soon. He will be joining me on Raptors radio broadcasts when my regular
partner Jack Armstrong is on assignment. He worked the Chicago game this past
Sunday and did a terrific job.

All the best and keep those e-mails coming in to cswirsky@torontoraptors.com.