New Internet Mikal Bridges, a Villanova product who was traded to Brooklyn by the Suns within the Kevin Durant deal final month, takes a shot at some Q&A with Submit columnist Steve Serby.

Q: What’s one on-court Villanova second that sums up Jalen Brunson.

A: Him being heckled at Temple, and him dropping … give him 30, the final 12 months.

Q: What makes him distinctive?

A: His IQ, his footwork, but it surely’s simply his work ethic is loopy, however … he simply doesn’t miss, like he’s very environment friendly.

Q: Has he at all times been a crunch-time performer?

A: Ever since I met him.

Q: What’s one off-the-court story?

A: Most likely leaving the fitness center and like strolling across the campus and him cracking jokes the entire time and him being the very goofiest particular person I do know.

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Q: One on-court reminiscence that you just suppose sums up Josh Hart?

A: We performed Notre Dame, he scored each time he had the ball.

Q: What makes him distinctive?

A: Simply bodily, and simply that demeanor, simply go onerous on each ends, particularly on offense a man not have the ability to keep in entrance of him, and protection they’re not gonna have the ability to rating on him.

Q: How does his persona evaluate with Jalen’s?

A: They’re each hilarious.

Q: One off-the-court story about Hart?

A: Him taking part in video video games whereas consuming Mike and Ike’s. He was an excellent sweet head, type of like the way you see Marshawn Lynch with the Skittles and all the things, that’s how he was with Mike and Ike’s.

Q: You posted a photograph of you and Josh in your Instagram with: “From the man who hated me most of my freshman 12 months as a result of he couldn’t rating on me.”

A: Me and Josh weren’t pals at first, which makes it bittersweet now. I used to be actual handsy on protection, and also you’ll get annoyed. Coming in as a freshman, not likely know who I’m, truthfully, then we obtained to know one another and have become actually shut.

Q: Final time the Nets performed them [a 124-106 loss Feb. 13], Brunson scored 40 and Hart 27 in opposition to you guys.

Mikal Bridges, who scored a team-high 31 factors, appears to be like to make a transfer on Grayson Allen in the course of the Nets’ 118-104 loss to the Bucks.
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A: Wasn’t enjoyable ’trigger we misplaced, they usually whipped our ass somewhat bit. Wasn’t too enjoyable.

Q: Who would you reasonably guard?

A: Josh. ’Trigger Jalen has an excessive amount of of a inexperienced mild.

Q: Did you used to name Jalen “Fathead”?

A: Yeah, he had quite a lot of nicknames, having an enormous head.

Q: Why did you suppose on draft evening in 2018 that the Knicks had been going to take you No. 9 general?

A: ’Trigger they wanted a small ahead, and I feel the exercise went fairly nicely.

Q: What was extra emotional for you, being traded on draft evening by your hometown 76ers or being traded by the Suns?

A: Phoenix, one hundred pc. … I used to be there for 4 and a few years, and I obtained all my shut individuals over there.

Q: You received two nationwide championships at Villanova. Which one was sweeter?

A: I wish to say final one, as a result of being older and having a much bigger function was positively sweeter personally for me.

Q: What sort of view did you’ve got of Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beater in opposition to North Carolina in 2016?

A: Oh, I had an excellent view, truthfully. I used to be proper there courtside and it was simply … it was wild, it was very wild, however I had an excellent view, and actually knew it was money when he let it go.

Q: Which was a greater celebration, after the primary championship or second?

A: Undoubtedly the primary one. As a result of I used to be a sophomore, and that was simply the one factor on my thoughts, and I used to be having enjoyable. The final 12 months I had enjoyable, but it surely was extra preparing for predraft and stuff.

Q: Describe the sensation of chopping down the nets after “One Shining Second.”

A: Every part you seen as a child, it’s simply loopy. Watching March Insanity, and all of the movies on YouTube, with the tune, with the music … it was simply so surreal.

Mikal Bridges (right) and Jalen Brunson won a national title together at Villanova.
Mikal Bridges (proper) and Jalen Brunson received a nationwide title collectively at Villanova.

Q: What are adjectives you’ll use to explain Mikal Bridges on the court docket?

A: Lively … enjoyable … and sneaky.

Q: How would you fare if Mikal Bridges was guarding you?

A: I feel it might type of powerful, ’trigger he’s type of artful. The largest factor I might try to make the refs play the sport, attempt to get a foul name.

Q: Why is protection a lot enjoyable for you?

A: Getting steals as a child was at all times enjoyable, as I obtained older, be on the court docket in faculty to protect was a largest factor for me to be on the market, and I simply fell in love with making it powerful on guys to attain on me.

Q: How a lot of a distinction does having lengthy arms make?

A: It helps me if I get beat … it offers me assist.

Q: What has enabled you to be an ironman?

A: Simply blessed to not don’t have any main accidents, however to simply wish to be on the market even for those who’re nicked up somewhat bit, simply wish to be on the market and play on a regular basis.

Q: What’s probably the most nicked-up you’ve been and nonetheless performed?

A: Grade 2, sprained my elbow, my taking pictures arm once I was a rookie. I didn’t inform no person ’trigger I knew they’d need me to take a seat down.

Mikal Bridges drives on Brook Lopez during the Nets' loss to the Bucks.
Mikal Bridges drives on Brook Lopez in the course of the Nets’ loss to the Bucks.
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Q: Has dropping to the Bucks within the 2020-21 NBA Finals with the Suns made you hungrier to win a championship?

A: Yeah, for certain. I really feel like even when I received, I’d be wanting to get again and win one other one.

Q: What’s the largest adversity or impediment you needed to overcome?

A: Redshirt my freshman 12 months was powerful. Sitting out, not taking part in basketball, with out being harm or something, that was fairly powerful on me.

Q: Most unfair criticism?

A: I feel popping out of school simply not have the ability to get higher at basketball, ’trigger possibly they thought I used to be too previous. The ceiling and all the things, popping out being drafted, being 21 aside from 18- and 19-year olds. It actually don’t hassle me, however that’s simply one thing that type of was odd.

Q: No matter involves thoughts: Jay Wright.

A: Sensible.

Q: The perfect lesson you realized beneath him.

A: Simply having nice habits.

Q: How powerful had been these Villanova practices?

A: They had been very powerful. They had been more durable than video games.

Mikal Bridges looks to shoot over Giannis Antetokounmpo during the Nets' loss to the Bucks.
Mikal Bridges appears to be like to shoot over Giannis Antetokounmpo in the course of the Nets’ loss to the Bucks.
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Q: What was his greatest motivational ploy?

A: I feel watching “Lone Survivor.” I do know clearly you’re not going to warfare, however simply to have a mindset of simply not stopping and simply proceed to struggle.

Q: Earlier than the beginning of March Insanity?

A: Yeah, it mighta been.

Q: Ideas on Villanova coach Kyle Neptune?

A: That’s my man, man. I do know it’s been powerful for him somewhat bit, however there’s at all times adversity, however I feel he’s dealt with it very well.

Q: So that you suppose this system’s in good arms?

A: one hundred pc.

Q: What’s your greatest reminiscence at Madison Sq. Backyard?

A: Profitable the Huge East event our final 12 months. Profitable is all the things, and profitable on the massive stage was dope.

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Q: What was so nice about taking part in for Suns coach Monty Williams?

A: Simply realizing that basketball’s vital, but it surely’s not the one factor in life.

Q: Nets coach Jacque Vaughn?

A: I simply love the actual fact how excited and fired-up he will get day-after-day.

Q: Are you able to assist him construct or create a profitable tradition?

A: Sure, for certain. I feel I can, one hundred pc. … Being who I’m day-after-day, simply working onerous and having excessive spirits. I do know type of what it takes to win, and simply attempt to deliver that right here.

Q: Who’re winners in sports activities you admire?

A: Kobe [Bryant] and LeBron [James]. Clearly you say Mike [Jordan], however Mike was somewhat too older for me.

Q: Exterior of basketball?

A: Tiger Woods, that’s one … Serena Williams … Tom Brady.

Q: Kerry Kittles?

A: Simply Huge Bro.

Q: Chris Paul?

A: My OG, IQ to the roof, and nice particular person.

Q: Rollie Massimino?

A: Nice human.

Q: What drives you?

A: Simply wish to get higher and be the most effective model of myself I might be … on and off the court docket. So I feel that’s simply type of my massive objective.

Q: The place have you ever gotten higher from a 12 months in the past?

A: I feel ballhandling and playmaking.

Q: If you happen to may go one-on-one with any participant in NBA historical past, who would it not be?

A: Tracy McGrady.

Q: If you happen to may decide the mind of any NBA participant in historical past?

A: [Rajon] Rondo.

Q: Why don’t they name you “Noodles” anymore?

A: I don’t know why, I’m blissful it type of stopped. Noodles got here in highschool from an opposing staff. I’m nonetheless somewhat skinny dude however I do know I’m a bit stronger than I used to be once I first obtained the nickname.

Q: Describe your mom, Tyneeha Rivers.

A: Simply nice chief, works onerous, and fierce.

Q: How did you develop into a Rams fan?

A: Grew up taking part in with them in a online game, with Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce. Caught with them even after they had been actually unhealthy, our pals let me have it on a regular basis and made enjoyable of me, so I may by no means change.

Q: What place did you play till highschool?

A: Wideout.

Q: Favourite receiver?

A: Randy Moss or T.O, Terrell Owens.

Q: Three dinner company?

A: Corridor and Oates, Bryce Harper.

Q: Favourite film?

A: “Friday Night time Lights.”

Q: Favourite actor?

A: Will Smith.

Q: Favourite actress?

A: Gabrielle Union.

Q: Favourite singer/rapper/entertainer?

A: Drake.

Q: Favourite meal?

A: Something Chipotle.

Q: Favourite Philadelphia cheesesteak?

A: Larry’s.

Q: Favourite Brooklyn issues?

A: Enjoying on the Barclays. The followers are actual dope, I really like ’em in there already.

Q: What are your ideas on the tight playoff race with the Knicks concerned in it, too.?

A: Not apprehensive about anyone else, simply us attempting to be the most effective staff we could possibly be and attempt to get us proper.

Q: What are your profession objectives?

A: Most likely to win a championship, truthfully. And play until I’m previous. … I wish to see if I can get to twenty years.

Q: Tom Brady performed until 45.

A: I cannot be the man that’s simply taking part in on one leg. Once I’m performed, I’m performed. I’m not gonna attempt to drag it out so long as I can.

Q: What do you hope your legacy will likely be?

A: Simply proceed to be a winner. However simply be a greater particular person. Simply often known as me being a extremely good human I care probably the most about.