'Remember Reggie' Extended Cut: Muggsy Bogues

'Remember Reggie' Extended Cut: Muggsy Bogues
July 28, 2013, 8:45 pm
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The 90-minute special entitled Remember Reggie, which first aired at 8 p.m. Sunday on CSNNE, was an all-encompassing look at the life and tragic death of former Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis.

But even that TV time was not the full extent of what was gleaned about Lewis' life from family and friends.

Muggsy Bogues knew about Lewis from the time the two started facing off on rival squads in their youth in Baltimore.

Bogues would become one of the more memorable players in NBA history, overcoming a 5'3" stature in a game of super-tall behemoths to produce a solid 14-year career competing for the Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.

That success did not make him forget Reggie, though. In the extended clip above, Bogues reminisced about Lewis, a guy he was always certain had great stardom within him, it was just laying dormant.

"Reg[gie] was always just a guy, just went around, he was quiet, stayed to himself a lot. As a basketball player, he didn't really know how good he really was," Bogues said. "We saw the talent, but he was just waiting for the opportunity, he was waiting for that one moment to let everyone know that 'I'm just as good as those guys who are starting.'"

Bogues certainly would make his mark on the NBA, finishing his long career with nearly 7,000 points and 7,000 assists. But, the Wake Forest grad found it quite impressive how his fellow Baltimore pal was able to shine on the highest level of basketball.

"[Reggie] was able to do it on the bigger, bigger stage in the NBA, how he was able to continue to obtain the knowledge of the game, playing around some of the greats in Larry Bird and then when Larry passed the torch, having that ability to carry that franchise. I saw the transformation of him."

Of course, Lewis died at a time when so much life appeared to be before him. Yet, Bogues believes that Lewis' presence is still around two decades later.

"There's so much about him that the universe is missing, but he got his spirit out here, his spirit is definitely spread around the universe."

For more on "Remember Reggie", visit csnne.com/reggie.