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The 2022 MVP race is shaping up to be one of the closest in recent memory, with star centers Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic leading the way. Everyone seems to have their own choice in mind for who should take home this year’s hardware, including NBA legend Julius Erving.

Dr. J knows what it takes to earn the title of “Most Valuable Player”, winning three ABA MVPs along as well as an NBA one in 1981. But 41 years after securing his prestigious award, the former Philadelphia 76ers star gave an MVP opinion that many Sixers fans will find rather unpopular.

Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic are the MVP frontrunners

There is no shortage of candidates for Erving and others to select from when assessing this year’s MVP debate. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been exceptional once again, as the two-time MVP aims to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a repeat. Luka Doncic has carried the Dallas Mavericks throughout their red-hot second half. And that’s not even getting to other honorable mentions like Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, DeMar DeRozan, and LeBron James.

But for the last few months, the race has boiled down to a pair of 7-footers: Philly’s Joel Embiid and the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic.

The 28-year-old Embiid is in the mix to take home his first scoring title in 2021-22. His 30.2 points per game place him slightly below LeBron (30.3), while he still shoots a solid 49.3% from the field and 36.8% from three. Embiid has amped up his play since the All-Star break, averaging 31.7 points and 12.6 rebounds over his last 19 contests.

Meanwhile, Jokic is making it increasingly more difficult to not hand him a second straight MVP. The 27-year-old is reaching career-highs with 26.8 points, 13.7 rebounds, and a 58.3% clip from the field. Like Embiid, he’s also been on a tear in recent days, averaging 31.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.1 assists since March 6.

Embiid is the more traditional MVP candidate as he aims to lead the league in scoring for the 48-30 Sixers. Meanwhile, Jokic is leading in several advanced statistics like PER and Win Shares while also averaging close to a triple-double for the 47-32 Nuggets.

Several weeks ago, Philly’s big man was the sizable favorite to take home his first MVP. But the odds have shifted near the end of the season, as the Joker’s big week has catapulted him ahead of the Process.

Julius Erving believes Jokic is a more deserving MVP than Embiid

After dominating the NBA, Erving played his entire 11-year NBA career with the 76ers, winning the MVP in 1981 and a title in 1983. So you can expect the Doc to hold the City of Brotherly Love near and dear to his heart.

Dr. J recently did an interview with Rich Eisen to talk about his beloved Sixers ahead of the playoffs. Eisen then asked the Hall of Famer who he believes should win the MVP. Unfortunately for Embiid and the Philly faithful, Erving threw his support behind the Joker (h/t: The Rich Eisen Show).

“I’m hopeful that Embiid wins it because he talks about it and it’s one of those [accomplishments] that he’s reaching for. But I think the most deserving guy is Jokic. He hasn’t missed any games and night in and night out he’s done better than he did last year. … When you get better, I don’t think you lose stages — not if it’s a fair fight.”

Julius Erving

Embiid has played in 65 games, setting a career-high with four contests to go. Meanwhile, Jokic has played in 72 of Denver’s 79 contests, a total he’s reached in all seven of his NBA seasons.

Yet despite admitting that Jokic was the more deserving MVP choice, the Doc will support the Sixers star when it comes time to submit a ballot.

“I’m going to vote for Embiid because he’s my guy,” Erving added. “And Antetokounmpo, who knows how he’s going to finish up. But both Embiid and Antetokounmpo have missed several weeks of play. Jokic has been out there every night.”

If Joel Embiid loses out on MVP, it shouldn’t be because of missed games

It’s obvious that playing as many games as possible is important to Erving. It wasn’t until his final go-around in 1986-87 that he finally played fewer than 71 games in a season. So by that metric, Jokic clearly has the upper hand.

That said, Embiid shouldn’t miss out on winning his first MVP because he’s played seven fewer games than his fellow center.

The 7-foot Cameroonian has been better than ever in his sixth season on the court. He’s had to lead Philadelphia through the Ben Simmons turmoil for most of the season while later adjusting to new teammate James Harden. Yet he’s been able to offer reliable production for a Sixers team that believes it can win a title.

Not to mention, we’ve seen what Philly looks like when Embiid does miss time. The 76ers are just 5-8 when Embiid sits out, giving voters a fair idea of whether he’s “valuable” to his team’s success.

This isn’t necessarily an argument that Embiid should win the MVP over Jokic. But if the Process falls just short this year, it should be because of the greatness of his opponent rather than his own shortcomings.

All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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