Miles Bridges is a different kind of superstar

“The reason coach [Tom] Izzo says [Miles Bridges is] weird is because he’s never seen anyone like that, a player of his caliber, turning down the NBA to come back to college when he was gonna be a top-10 pick,” Michigan State teammate Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn said. “That is kind of weird. It’s not typical of what a basketball superstar is supposed to be.

“He’s a different kind of superstar.”

While becoming a nationally ranked five-star forward, Bridges organized a water collection for his hometown, interned for a judge, and began fishing and whitewater rafting.

“It really broadened his horizons, and he matured so much while he was gone,” his mother Cynthia said. “He learned how to wash his clothes, even though he was shrinking them because he was using hot water.

Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens said: “Some guys have that humbleness about them, but it’s a chore. They have to work at it. For him, it’s just who he is. He treats people the right way. He’s polite. He never changes.”

Izzo lovingly refers to Bridges as a “weirdo,” a “throwback,” and “blue-collar star.” Quirks are common for the “SpongeBob SquarePants” fanatic.

“Ever since we were little, he’s been a real goofy kid,” his childhood friend Jaire said. “He does whatever comes to head, anything silly. He’s the type of guy that will pick your nose.”

via Howie Kussoy, New York Post

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College pundits offer opinion on Mikal vs Miles

Fraschilla and Ryan Blake, an NBA scouting consultant debuting an iTunes/Spotify podcast on May 30, break down their components as the Knicks decide which “Bridge’’ to travel.

“They got the same name, nearly the same size, roughly in the same location in the draft,’’ ESPN’s draft guru Fran Fraschilla told The Post. “But they’re different players.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Read what Blake and Fraschilla had to say about Mikal and Miles

Knicks believed to like Porter Jr., Carter Jr., and currently have Mikal ranked ahead of Miles

Opposing executives and others around the league have heard a few consistent themes in conversations with members of the Knicks’ front office lately. There are some in the NYK front office who love Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. and Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr.

Also, some in the Knicks front office have Mikal Bridges ranked ahead of Miles Bridges at the moment.

via Ian Begley, ESPN

Miles Bridges’ assistant coach sees new culture in New York as positive for Bridges

Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens talked about Miles Bridges’ interest in joining the Knicks via phone with

Stephens: “I hope they have a big interest, I’d like to see him go there, personally,”

I think with the new people in the front office, it seems like they’re going to go in a different direction or take a different approach. When the Knicks are good, the NBA is good, you know?”

Back in October, when Bridges was at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten media day, he seemed thrilled by the possibility of landing with the Knicks.

“It’s going to be great,” he said. “If the Knicks draft me, I’ll be extremely happy. It’s a great organization. I know it’s been going through a lot in the past few years but every team goes through that and at some point it’s going to be a turnaround point. So if I were part of that turnaround point, then I would be happy.”

via Adam Zagoria, SNY

Scott Perry appreciates Michigan players; Knicks sent assistant GM to learn more about Miles Bridges

Scott [Perry] has a different appreciation for Michigan kids,’’ Izzo said. “Everybody sticks up for their part of the country. You can say about Midwestern kids they have values, work ethic. Miles has all those things. He’s a really unbelievable teammate — not a selfish bone in his body. That speaks a lot in this day and age.”

Perry spoke to Izzo during the season about Miles and will again next week. Meanwhile, when new coach David Fizdale was introduced at a press conference, assistant GM Gerald Madkins was in Lansing, spending the day interviewing staff about Miles.

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Miles Bridges lost 20 pounds after college season

“I lost 20 pounds after the season — I’m 220 now,’’ Miles Bridges said. “Just my dieting. I feel great at 220. I can move quicker. It was tough. Stayed away from fried foods and drank a lot of water.’’

Miles is probably more athletic than Mikal and is better at creating his own shot. And the weight loss, team executives believe, will only help.

I feel quicker and more explosive at 220 and it’s a good weight to play at,’’ Miles said. “My agent definitely recommended it to me after talking to teams.”

via Marc Berman, New York Post

Knicks talked to LeBron James’ agent about Fizdale

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry […] reach[ed] out to Rich Paul, [LeBron] James’ longtime agent and childhood friend from Akron, according to an NBA source.

Paul, the source said, gave Knicks brass the lowdown on Fizdale’s methods. Paul also represents Ben McLemore, a small forward whom Fizdale signed to play for Memphis last summer. However, Fizdale, 43, got fired during McLemore’s first season there.

Interestingly, Paul will also represent Miles Bridges, the Michigan State small forward the Knicks will consider if they stick at No. 9 in next month’s NBA draft.

via Marc Berman, New York Post