Here’s a Hornet with laser-sight accuracy.
As a casual fan of basketball, I’m not the first person you would ask to determine whether someone is skilled in the sport. I know a pretty good dunk when I see one, but anyone with eyes can catch that. No, it takes a true professional to deconstruct a prospective pro’s fundamentals and technique to see if they have what it takes to ball in the big leagues. We need someone with genuine know-how of the sport. How about… Miles Bridges?
If I would call anyone in the NBA a prodigy, Miles Bridges would definitely be a contender. The guy’s only 22 years old, and he’s already the power forward for the Charlotte Hornets. I sure didn’t have that kind of hustle when I was his age. He’s not just athletic, though; Miles has a strong knowledge of the game and its greats.
When asked to analyze some prospective player tapes for GQ, Miles approached the task with a careful, analytical eye. In one player, he could spot a careful approach intended to leave various open for all possible contingencies. In another player, he spotted footwork reminiscent of the late, great Kobe Bryant. Miles was especially impressed by a notably young player, a youthful 11-year-old, whose footwork was so fancy that even he had to do a double take to figure out where the kid was going.
When a young star like Miles Bridges says you’ve got the chops to make it to the NBA, that’s a good sign. Hopefully, these kids catch wind of his praises and take them to heart, then go on to be the best that they can be at the sport. Who knows, maybe they can all be power forwards some day. Probably not for the Hornets, though. Miles has got that one on lockdown for the foreseeable future.