Why Mikal Bridges should adjust to Knicks role quickly

It won’t take much adjusting for Mikal Bridges to get used to his new role with the Knicks.It will be similar to the one he had at Villanova, with the Suns and even recently Team USA basketball.If anything, being a go-to guy with the Nets was more out of the ordinary for the talented two-way wing.“I think it’s not going to be that hard honestly,” Bridges said this week, as he was introduced as the newest Knick.

“I think it’s just knowing the brand we play here, and playing the right way is who I am.It’s like a natural thing.

It’s kind of like going to [Team] USA, kind of the same thing where obviously, going to USA last year, the role’s going to change.”The 6-foot-6 Bridges has excelled as a secondary offensive option from his time at Villanova until now, as someone who can score big when called upon, but wasn’t leaned on to be that guy every night.On a Knicks team with Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle and OG Anunoby, he won’t be asked to do that.

Bridges will be one of several quality players for the contending Knicks.“Just being ready,” he said, regarding his approach with his new team.“I adapt pretty fast.

Listen, I just want to win.I know the things I’ve got to do to help us win and I’m excited.”A part of that excitement is reuniting with his former Villanova teammates, Brunson, Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo.

Bridges watched them excel together from a distance and reach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.Now, he’s part of Knicksanova, as Post columnist Mike Vaccaro has dubbed them.

Bridges was on both national championship teams with the Wildcats, in 2016 and 2018, and is hoping to win a title in the NBA with them now, too.He sounded most excited to play with Brunson again.When Brunson signed a four-year, $104 million with the Knicks two summers ago, some considered it an overpay.

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