Mikal Bridges Not Ready To Leave Nets Despite Turmoil

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The Brooklyn Nets fired Jacque Vaughn on Monday, marking a period of significant change once again for a franchise that traded superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant at last year’s NBA midseason deadline. Despite the turmoil, Mikal Bridges expressed a strong desire to remain with the team.

When questioned about his future with the Nets, Bridges emphasized his commitment to staying in Brooklyn despite acknowledging the team’s struggles. He highlighted his upbringing, which taught him to face challenges rather than run from them.

“I wasn’t raised when things get tough to want to leave and get out,’ Bridges said. “I know people might want to think about different situations and teams. Obviously, I’ve got my boys over there in New York, so everybody goes with that.I’m here now and want to stay here.”

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Bridges also addressed speculations about a potential move to the New York Knicks, where his former Villanova teammates Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, and Josh Hart play. Despite the Knicks’ more stable playoff prospects and his connections to the team, Bridges stated his lack of interest in leaving the Nets due to adversity.

“I know people might want to think about different situations and teams. Obviously, I’ve got my boys over there in New York and stuff, so everybody goes with that. But I never was the type of guy to ever put more on my shoulders, then things get tough, it’s time to cry out and get out. Obviously, there will be frustration. You point to frustration, you get frustrated throughout the season. That’s just how I am and how people are that really want to win and compete.”

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He acknowledged the frustrations of a challenging season but reaffirmed his commitment to winning with the Nets, dismissing the importance of personal accolades in favor of team success.

“But I’m here now and want to stay here. I’m gonna keep grinding and get to wherever we’ve gotta get to win,” Brides said. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to win. All the other **** don’t mean nothing. The accolades. It all comes with it.”

The Nets have faced a difficult season, standing at 21-33 by the All-Star break, trailing behind the Atlanta Hawks for the last play-in spot in the Eastern Conference. Despite the team’s struggles and a recent losing streak, Bridges’ determination and the relatively clear path to a play-in position offer some hope for a turnaround.

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Bridges, who has two more years left on his contract, remains focused on contributing to the Nets’ success. His recent statements provide a glimmer of optimism for the team and its fans during a challenging season, indicating his willingness to be a key part of the Nets’ future efforts to rebuild and compete.

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