Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, 25, is back after being suspended for domestic violence.
Speaking before the Hornets’ game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 13, Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford said Bridges will be able to “play a big role right away” when he returns.
Bridges, who served a 30-game suspension for domestic violence in November 2022, is eligible to return on Nov. 18 against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I think I’m ready to play,” Clifford said. I’ve been practicing every day, so I’m ready to go. I feel like I’m in good shape,” he said.
Bridges, who came to Charlotte via trade shortly after being selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 draft, has averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 291 career NBA games.
In 2021-22, he broke out with a career-high season, averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 80 games.
However, his career hit rock bottom with some poor choices.
In June 2022, he was arrested by police in Los Angeles for assaulting his live-in girlfriend. He was later charged with one count of domestic violence and two counts of child abuse, but avoided jail time by being sentenced to three years of probation.
While he escaped judicial punishment, he did not escape league discipline. As a restricted free agent, he missed the entire 2022-23 season and was suspended 30 games in April following the league’s own investigation.
The actual punishment was reduced to 10 games because of the fact that he didn’t play the entire 2022-23 season, and he was finally allowed to return with the full suspension.
He had previously signed a qualifying offer from the Hornets in July, opting to remain with the team. 카지노사이트