Skip to main content

Andrew Bridge Talks Retirement

Andrew Bridge is a bone-fide BBL legend and on top of that has a Commonwealth Games bronze medal to boot!

Playing in the Newcastle Eagles team that swept the board, Bridge moved to Sheffield where he closed out his career by winning a little bit more!

In his final season with the Sharks last year, Bridge helped the team to achieve a BBL Trophy victory against the much favoured Leicester Riders.

He spoke to us about his career, his future, the future of the BBL and what he believes the Sheffield Sharks can achieve.

He said: "When I left Sheffield for the first time [in 2002] it was a big event in my life, it was probably the best thing that could have happened as I had to move away and out of my comfort zone."

"The biggest highlight for me was playing for Newcastle in 2005/06 when we won the clean sweep and then to play for England at the Commonwealth Games and win a bronze medal - it was the best year of my career."

"At Newcastle there was an expectation to win and at times when we won it was more of a relief than enjoyment."

In 2012, Fab Flournoy decided that he needed to freshen up the squad and Bridge was one of the experienced players to depart after a decade.

But Andrew Bridge would carry on playing - as mentioned previously in Sheffield where he ironically would win more than Newcastle Eagles.

"The start of the season wasn't very good until around christmas when we got a formula together and found an identity - we came together"

"We didn't expect to win [the BBL Trophy] but we were hard to beat and it was a dramatic end to the final which luckily went our way.

"When you don't expect to win it is pure enjoyment as there is no real pressure or expectation that you will win."

"I went back to Newcastle once with Sheffield and it wasn't the easiest thing in the world, it was a distraction [that he had played there and was returning] and they had just lost in the Cup or Trophy and we lost by around 25 points."

So with the success of the Sheffield Sharks last season, why did Andrew Bridge decide to retire?

"It was a combination of reasons, first of all living away from my family was harder than I expected, plus I had other work opportunities."

"The main sporting reason was that I wanted to go out on top and winning a trophy means that I retire a winner."

"There is always a temptation to keep going, but I don't think I could [play on] a daily basis, I loved playing the big games but struggled against teams with less wins."

"I think it was the right decision and I've been considering it since January/February, so it was a thought out decision.

"I don't have any regrets over anything which happened in my career as my career turned out better than I could have possibly imagined."

Now he is retired, Bridge can look upon the BBL season from the outside and has cast his judgement on the Sharks.

"The young players now have more talent than I did, but they have to learn what it takes to win, some young players - not from any specific team - think they know it all but they have to learn."

"I didn't want to walk away from a game thinking that someone on the other team had tried harder than me."

"The BBL is different now from when I was part of the 05/06 Newcastle team, there is no 'power team', I think talent is spread better down the league and it is a lot more competitive; but I wouldn't say it is a stronger league."

"For the Sharks next season, I think if the American players they've signed are good then they can be a top 3 or 4 team, they have a deep roster and will play high intensity basketball."

So what does the future hold for our now retired BBL legend?

"I already some stuff for the Youth Sports Trust and that involves improving sports provisions in schools and mentoring students."

"It isn't basketball coaching, it's trying to improve their attitudes, some people aren't interested in sport, but it's about improving the attainment levels."

"I'm not sure that coaching basketball full-time is something that I would want to do, so this is what I am doing at the moment."

"I will probably go to a few BBL games as I have friends within the sport, but I won't make a habit of it as my wife will kill me!"

Follow Andrew on Twitter: @AndrewBridge6


Popular posts from this blog

Chelsea and Man United stars clash in 2k18 showdown

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois proved he was a safe pair of hands once again, as he beat Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace, on loan from Manchester United), in the second semi-final of the NBA 2K18 Celebrity Gaming Tournament!
The Chelsea keeper, playing as the Boston Celtics, beat Fosu-Mensah's San Antonio Spurs 39-23.
It means he faces Arsenal defender Rob Holding in the final.
Courtois discussed his passion for the NBA after the game: “I don’t really have a team. I know a few players at the Lakers and at the Knicks, so I like to follow the players I really know well. I’m very excited to see Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in London for the NBA London Game 2018 for example, I think it will be a great game and hopefully they will win as well.”
Fosu-Mensah then concluded by sharing his excitement for the NBA London Game 2018, “I’ve always wanted to see an NBA game and the London Game is going to be my first one ever, so I’m really excited to go. It’s going to be a grea…

Chelsea 'keeper Courtois downs Rob Holding on 2k18

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was too hot to handle as he won the NBA 2K18 Celebrity Gaming Tournament Final.
Courtois had beaten Crystal Palace stars Mamadou Sakho and Timothy Fosu-Mensah on the way to the final where he faced off with Arsenal defender Rob Holding.
Holding himself had seen off Arsenal teammate Nacho Monreal and England rugby star Owen Farrell to reach the final.
The Chelsea goalkeeper elected to play as the Golden State Warriors, with the Arsenal defender selecting the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a rematch of the last three years of NBA Finals. As in the previous rounds, NBA legend Gary Payton oversaw the contest. 
After an incredibly hard-fought match, it was Courtois who was crowned the Champion of the NBA 2K18 Celebrity Gaming Tournament, as his Golden State Warriors team sealed a 39-22 victory over Rob Holding’s Cavaliers, with the Belgian awarded a special NBA2K18 Championship ring to commemorate his victory.  
Following his win, Courtois compared the atmosph…

Phoenix centre Gettys named Player of the month.

Cheshire Phoenix star CJ Gettys has been named Molten BBL Player of the Month for November.
The centre has guided Phoenix to three wins from their five games during the month and averaged a spectacular November double-double.
He amassed 20 points and 11.2 rebounds per game with 30 boards to his name, he also fired 56% from the field.
Gettys only made his BBL debut in September but is already looking a great addition to the squad.