Knicks' Josh Hart Playfully References Nickelodeon Meme In Jibing at Ex-Teammate Mikal Bridges' Situation

Photo: Instagram/Josh Hart

The camaraderie among former teammates often extends beyond the court, and in a recent matchup between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, Josh Hart of the Knicks took a moment to tease his ex-Villanova companion, Mikal Bridges, amidst the starkly different trajectories of their respective NBA seasons.

As the Knicks, bolstered by Villanova alumni Hart, Donte DiVincenzo, and Jalen Brunson, make strides towards the playoffs, Bridges finds himself navigating a challenging season with the struggling Brooklyn Nets. The juxtaposition was palpable during their recent face-off, where the Knicks secured a victory led by DiVincenzo's stellar performance, while Bridges put up a commendable effort in a losing cause for the Nets.

Post-game banter took a humorous turn when Hart, reflecting on Bridges' situation, drew inspiration from a ubiquitous piece of pop culture: a SpongeBob meme. Comparing Bridges to the perpetually gloomy Squidward, who peers out his window to see SpongeBob and Patrick joyfully frolicking, Hart's analogy struck a chord, humorously encapsulating the disparity between their experiences in the league.

Photo: Instagram/Josh Hart

Yet, beneath the jest lies a sobering reality for Bridges and the Nets. This season has been a far cry from their initial aspirations, with the team languishing outside the playoff picture. Bridges, once heralded for his promising play, has encountered dips in both performance and efficiency since his trade from the Phoenix Suns.

Meanwhile, Hart's Knicks comrades are flourishing, showcasing career-best performances and contributing significantly to the team's success. With Bridges still under contract for two more seasons, speculation about his future inevitably arises, especially as he acknowledges the allure of reuniting with his Villanova cohorts in New York.

While Hart's comparison was in good spirits, it underscores the broader narrative of Brooklyn's struggles and Bridges' uncertain trajectory in the NBA landscape. As trade murmurs persist, the Knicks emerge as a compelling destination, fueled not only by their on-court success but also by the bonds forged through collegiate basketball. 

Only time will tell if this jest turns into reality, but for now, it serves as a lighthearted reminder of the enduring camaraderie among former teammates, even in the competitive realm of professional basketball.

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Source: CBS Sports 


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