The Philadelphia 76ers selected Mikal Bridges with the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft, keeping the Villanova swingman and Philadelphia-area native playing for his hometown team.
It was a dream come true for the 21-year-old, and his mother Tyneeha Rivers, who works for the Sixers.
“It’s a great feeling to get picked by the Sixers,” Bridges said at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night. “Just watching them, especially this year, growing up watching them, going to games when I was young, it’s a blessing. My mom working there, went to Villanova right around the corner, played in Wells Fargo throughout the whole year this year. It’s just truly a blessing.”
Mikal Bridges mom talking about she's excited that her son is going to play for the Sixers where she works…..he gets traded to Phoenix about 10 minutes later…Cold world pic.twitter.com/3puYQQcfFq
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 22, 2018
The 76ers struck a deal to trade Bridges to the Phoenix Suns about 45 minutes later for Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith, who was selected by the Suns with the No. 16 pick in the draft.
Mikal Bridges does not know yet that he's been traded. Still doing media in Sixers hat
— Yaron Weitzman (@YaronWeitzman) June 22, 2018
Mikal Bridges just did an entire press conference talking about staying in Philly. He was traded as it ended. He had no idea.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 22, 2018
How do the Sixers do Mikal’s mom like that? I mean, keep it in the family Philadelphia. I would have loved to see her face when she found out about the trade.
Forgiveness. Yes, we need it in the workplace! Holding a grudge will negatively impact you & your performance. #TTips
— Tyneeha Rivers (@tyneeha) September 22, 2017