A low-rise summit conference took place last Friday in Indianapolis, when 4'11�" Keith (Muggsy) Braswell, a walk-on freshman at the University of Dayton, met up with the patron saint of lilliputian floor leaders, his inspiration and nicknamemate, 5'3" Charlotte Hornet Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues. "Hey, big fella, what's up?" Bogues asked Braswell following the Hornets' 93-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Mindful that the NBA job market for sub-five-foot point guards is limited, Bogues asked how Braswell was doing in school. Braswell, who was valedictorian at the Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education, said he was making out just fine. He couldn't brag on his basketball exploits, however, for he hadn't played a minute all season, but the next night Braswell grabbed two improbable rebounds during the Flyers' 70-65 win over Eastern Kentucky.
Bogues took Braswell into the locker room to meet the fellas—"Hey," asked Larry Johnson, "did Muggsy post you up?"—and get autographs on a gift from Bogues, the pair of size 8� shoes the Hornet star had worn that evening. As the original Muggsy donned mufti and took his leave, mini-Muggs pondered his new prize. "Guess I could wear 'em," said Braswell, who gets his own 4�'s in the kids' section at Foot Locker. "If I wore eight pairs of socks."