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Mikal Bridges didn’t hesitate before accepting Team USA’s invitation

Before returning to combat with enthusiasm on the side of brooklyna few months after arriving there and exploding there, Mikal Bridges will first have the opportunity to wear the jersey of Team USA to the World Cup 2023 (August 25 – September 10).

A real honor for the soon to be 27-year-old winger, who did not think long before saying yes to Steve Kerr, the coach of the UNITED STATES.

Steve Kerr had pitched the idea to me and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m here, just let me know’ “, he remembers, during the last episode of the paul george podcast. ” Then I went to Brooklyn, where I played very well, and after that, when I saw him again and we discussed it again, I was really ready [pour la sélection]. So nothing could stop me from [représenter Team USA]unless there was an injury or something happened, because I was ready and very excited. »

Since moving from Phoenix to brooklynMikal Bridges has changed in size, averaging 26.1 points with the New York franchise, and during the competition in Asia, he is already expected in the five major of Team USA, with a pillar status of the selection.

This international experience will enable the new boss of net to rub shoulders with other young people with long teeth, like Brandon Ingram and Anthony Edwards, whom he is eager to challenge daily (or almost).

It’s hard to defend against them, given how tough they are, so they’ll be the hardest to face “, he considers about them. ” I know how competitive they are, I know what drives them, I know how skilled and talented they are. SO [j’ai hâte] to rub shoulders with them, to learn from them, to become their friend and to be ready [à me battre]. »

As a reminder, during the World Cup in Asia, the United States will be in Pool C, along with Greece, New Zealand and Jordan. If they finish in one of the first two places, they will cross with the group of Lithuania and Montenegro in the second round, to hope to reach the 1/4 finals of the event.

In addition to Mikal Bridges, but also Brandon Ingram and Anthony Edwards, Team USA will present itself in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines with Tyrese Haliburton, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr, Paolo Banchero, Bobby Portis, Austin Reaves, Cam Johnson, Walker Kessler and finally Josh Hart. Without forgetting Jalen Green, Chet Holmgren or Jalen Williams as medical jokers.

Mikal Bridges Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2018-19 PHX 82 30 43.0 33.5 80.5 0.7 2.5 3.2 2.1 2.5 1.6 0.9 0.5 8.3
2019-20 PHX 73 28 51.0 36.1 84.4 0.9 3.1 4.0 1.8 2.2 1.4 1.0 0.6 9.1
2020-21 PHX 72 33 54.3 42.5 84.0 1.1 3.2 4.3 2.1 1.6 1.1 0.8 0.9 13.5
2021-22 PHX 82 35 53.4 36.9 83.4 0.9 3.3 4.2 2.3 1.8 1.2 0.8 0.4 14.2
2022-23 * All Teams 83 36 46.8 38.2 89.5 1.0 3.4 4.4 3.3 1.9 1.1 1.5 0.7 20.1
2022-23 * PHX 56 36 46.3 38.7 89.7 1.0 3.3 4.3 3.6 2.1 1.2 1.4 0.8 17.2
2022-23 * BRK 27 34 47.5 37.6 89.4 0.9 3.6 4.5 2.7 1.6 1.0 1.8 0.6 26.2
Total 392 32 49.5 37.6 85.7 0.9 3.1 4.0 2.3 2.0 1.3 1.0 0.6 13.2

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.

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