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Hornets forward Miles Bridges admits he was ‘really out of shape’ last year

Miles Bridges entered the NBA brimming with athletic gifts that brought excitement to Charlotte Hornets fans all year long in 2018-19. He’s a physical specimen that can jump straight out of the building and throw down the most thunderous of slams.

But what most people fail to realize is that the 6-foot-7 leaper out of Michigan State was actually playing handicapped last season. Bridges admitted this to Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News, saying:

“Last year, I was really out of shape so I told myself from the jump, I said ‘I’ll get myself in tip-top shape.’”

Life isn’t fair, right?

Last season, an out-of-shape Bridges earned himself a ticket to the Slam Dunk Contest and was even touted as a heavy favorite prior to the All-Star Weekend.

In 21 minutes per game for the Hornets, Bridges averaged 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and a few hundred dropped jaws.

But with this rare euro-step that led to a windmill slam, Bridges appear to be ready to take things a notch higher in his sophomore season.

With the departure of Kemba Walker, there is a huge void in usage within the Hornets offense. Although he probably won’t admit it, Terry Rozier is not enough to fill the gap.

Backed with better conditioning, Bridges could be going off in 2019-20.