Mikal Bridges scoffs at doubters in the Phoenix Suns

SAN ANTONIO, TX - NOVEMBER 22: Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on November 22, 2021 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photos by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images)

It seems like those in the national media haven’t given much thought to the reigning Western Conference champions. Despite their dominance this season, the Phoenix Suns haven’t garnered nearly as much attention as other contenders. Their fourth-year forward, Mikal Bridges, who guest appeared on JJ Redick’s “The Old Man & the Three Podcast,” didn’t show any concern about that being the case.

Redick brought up the Suns’ run to the NBA finals last season and how the team carried their success over. When he brought up the prospect of the group being overlooked, Bridges gave a straightforward reply.

�ESPN, Fox Sports, NBA TV, are they the ones lacing up? Are they playing against us? I don’t give a damn what they think. [If] they wanna come on that court and play against us, they’d be more than welcome.�

Mikal Bridges

Mikal Bridges and the Phoenix Suns currently boast the longest winning streak (13 straight games) in the NBA. Given their continued success, it does leave to question why they haven’t received many commendations from the media. That said, if Bridges’ words and their record are anything to go by, it seems that they’re doing just fine without it.

The Phoenix Suns rise to prominence

The pieces swiftly fell into place for Phoenix these last few years. Their meteoric rise to the top of the NBA began with hiring Monty Williams in the 2019 offseason. He came over from the 76ers coaching staff after the Suns’ single season under Igor Kokoskov.

Though they already had promising talent in Devin Booker and recent first overall pick Deandre Ayton, Williams’ arrival kickstarted their emergence. Alongside their headlining players came fellow first-rounders in Cam Johnson and the previously mentioned Mikal Bridges. They supplemented their roster with players like Cameron Payne and Dario Saric. The final pieces to their core came during the 2020 offseason, when they added Jae Crowder in free agency and picked up Chirs Paul in a massive trade with Oklahoma City.

With great coaching, star power, and a balanced combo of youth and veteran presence, the Suns emerged as title contenders in 2021. Though there were reasons to doubt them, they slowly went about proving every naysayer wrong. For their efforts, the Suns made their way to the NBA finals, where they came just two wins short of their first championship. With their success this season, we have reason to believe that they can go all the way this time around.

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