- Mamadou Tall
You know Miles Bridges, Now Meet RTB MB
Updated: Apr 13, 2022
Miles Bridges is in the midst of the best season of his career. Nowadays, his name is synonymous with poster dunks. All that being said, Miles Bridges has entered a new level in his journey as a hooper. Entering restricted free agency; MB is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, and assists while being a front runner for the Most Improved Player award. While having a career year, Miles Bridges is juggling a rap career under the name RTB MB. I can't lie to you, he's doing good at both.
My first time hearing of Miles Bridges was six years ago. That was way back when I was chasing hoop dreams of my own as a sophomore in high school; Bridges was a junior. It was on the nights after practice I sat down and watched the youtube channel Home Team Hoops where he constantly made appearances.
He was nationally ranked, a Michigan State commit, and a McDonald's All American. College hit and Bridges was making noise at Michigan with the Spartans. Soon, he was the 12th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Time flew by and before you knew it Bridges is currently averaging 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists on 48-33-80 shooting splits. His best season without question and it seems like he hasn't reached his ceiling. MB is only 24 years old and is in his fourth year in the league. In each of his four seasons, he has shown steady improvement. The future looks bright for the Charlotte Hornets and Bridges as currently constructed. The pairing of LaMelo Ball and Bridges has been box office, to say the least. Stretching back to last season the pair have connected to produce some of the most exciting plays in the league today.
Miles Bridges has the tools to be a star in this league. Standing at 6'7" at 225 pounds, Bridges is a wing that can shift over to the small-ball four. He has proven to have a high motor, logging the second-most minutes played this season. MB's athleticism and consistent jump shot give him all the tools to be a star in this league. The accession of MB, Ball, and the Hornets all seems to be arriving at the right time. If all the chips fall into place, we could be watching the makings of a championship contender in the future. The seeds are already being planted.
Outside of the gym and the bright lights of the arenas, Miles Bridges is probably in the studio somewhere recording a song. The NBA has seen a myriad of players pursue careers in music. To be honest it's a long list of players who have ventured into making music and either failed or succeeded. In the past, Shaq's album, Shaq Diesel, went platinum. In the present day, Damian Lillard has established himself as a talented rapper, and Miles Bridges is right there with him.
Look up the name RTB MB on any music streaming platform you use. Press play on any of the songs that pop up and you will hear Detroit and Flint, Michigan-type beats, and MB rapping over them. His rapping style mirrors YN Jay and Babyface Ray. The abnormal cadence and the funny punchlines are there. The sports references only stand out more because he is indeed an athlete. The Detroit rapping style that he has adopted is a nod to his roots in Flint, Michigan.
MB has two mixtapes and an EP out; he has songs with popular Michigan rappers such as BabyTron and YN Jay. In many instances, he sounds better than his counterparts when he's rapping. An NBA player has adopted the lesser-known Michigan style of rap and is flourishing in it. His music is real. It doesn't sound like he is worried about branding deals and the politics that come with the NBA and the media. That's just something you don't see daily.
Miles Bridges or RTB MB, whatever you want to call him; he's a future star in this league. Having cemented himself as one of the front runners for the Most Improved Player award, Bridges is gearing up to finish the season strong and secure a playoff berth for himself and his squad.