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Suns’ Mikal Bridges apologizes to Igor Kokoskov after sideline exchange goes viral

Mikal Bridges, Igor Kokoskov

On Thursday night, a semi-heated exchange between Phoenix Suns rookie Mikal Bridges and team head coach Igor Kokoskov was caught on tape, as the former appeared to try and brush off his coach following being subbed out for a bad foul. Unfortunately, the clip went viral, and to most, it seemed like trouble was brewing within the Suns’ camp.

As it turns out, Bridges eventually realized his mistake and apologized to his coach for his disrespectful behavior:

Bridges went on to say that he and Kokoskov have moved past the untoward incident, and that there is absolutely no ill will between the two of them:

As noted by Suns beat reporter Gina Mizell, Bridges’ maturity level is considered by many as beyond his years. While he may only be playing in his first season in the league, the mindset that he has reportedly exceeds that of a typical rookie.

In this regard, we can probably chalk this as a one-off brought about by pure frustration. The Suns have the worst record in the NBA today, and despite the low expectations on the team, losing — by huge margins half the time — night in and night out will still unquestionably take its toll.

The fact that he was able to swallow his pride and approach his coach to apologize shortly after the incident is a testament to Mikal Bridges’ maturity. He may still need some work on his game, but having this type of attitude will surely go along way for the 22-year-old.