Former Charlotte Hornets forward, Miles Bridges, had fallen from grace following a domestic violence incident that rocked the NBA community. He found himself out of the league, unsure if he would ever get another chance to showcase his talent on the court. However, whispers began to circulate that the Hornets’ front office, led by none other than Michael Jordan, might still be interested in giving Bridges a second chance.
Bridges had recently FaceTimed with MJ, a conversation that left him with a glimmer of hope. As he listened to Jordan’s words, he sensed a genuine understanding and a willingness to relate to his difficult situation.
“Chopping it up with my guy,” said Bridges
The suspension by the NBA earlier in April had dealt a heavy blow to his career, but if he managed to sign with a team, he would only need to serve a 10-game suspension, having already missed 20 games.
Interestingly, after the conclusion of the 2021-22 campaign, the Hornets had extended a $7.9 million offer to Bridges. However, both parties agreed to hold off on finalizing any deals until the legal issues surrounding the incident were resolved. Bridges had been arrested in June of the previous year on charges of assaulting his wife in the presence of their two young children. The court had subsequently sentenced him to three years of probation.
For the Hornets, the need for a player of Bridges’ caliber was undeniable. They had endured a dismal season, finishing with a pitiful 27-55 record, one of the worst in the entire NBA. The prospect of re-signing Bridges, coupled with their second overall pick in the upcoming draft, promised a glimmer of hope for the struggling franchise.
Bridges had showcased his talent during the 2021-22 season, averaging an impressive 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, all while shooting at a remarkable 49% from the field. He had emerged as one of the team’s most reliable players, forming a dynamic partnership with rising star LaMelo Ball. The potential of Bridges’ return to the roster held the promise of a much-needed boost for the Hornets.
However, Bridges knew that his journey to redemption would not be an easy one. He had made grave mistakes in his personal life and had to confront the consequences of his actions. The road to rebuilding his reputation would require sincere remorse, personal growth, and a steadfast commitment to change. He understood the importance of not only rehabilitating his basketball career but also mending the relationships he had damaged along the way.