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The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the preseason favorites to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, which would mark their second title in a row.

It’s Feb. 2, so that goal is still well within Milwaukee’s grasp. But the Bucks have struggled mightily with injuries so far this year, and that has left them further back in the Eastern Conference standings than they anticipated.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday have all missed significant time. But it could be the absence of center Brook Lopez — not that of its Big Three — that could cost Milwaukee its chance at back-to-back titles.

The Milwaukee Bucks have been missing Brook Lopez since the season opener

The injury to Brook Lopez might be what causes the Milwaukee Bucks to fall short of an NBA championship this season.
Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrate a play against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of a game at American Airlines Arena. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Bucks’ starting center played 28.2 minutes in a season-opening win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Lopez was then listed as “out” on the injury report with “back soreness” and missed Milwaukee’s game against the Miami Heat two nights later.

He’s been out with the same designation since.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lopez had back surgery on Dec. 2. At that point, no timeline was provided for his return, but head coach Mike Budenholzer’s comments that he believed Lopez “will play again this year” were not encouraging.

Jim Owczarski’s Journal Sentinel article read, in part:

“But, Budenholzer was strong in his belief that this surgery was not career-threatening for the 14-year veteran. 

“The feedback, the conversations, the follow-up after this morning was very, very positive, including expecting him to be able to play and be productive,” Budenholzer said. “I think the surgery today has been done on multiple basketball players, multiple athletes, multiple sports. Return to play is very, very often successful.”

The fact that the words “career” and “threatening” were placed next to each other didn’t inspire much hope for Lopez’s return in 2021-22.

DeMarcus Cousins, Luke Kornet, Sandro Mamukelashvili, and Georgios Kalaitzakis have all had run at the center spot this season for Milwaukee. Again, something that doesn’t inspire a lot of hope.

Antetokounmpo has played the majority of the Bucks’ minutes at the five, spelled at times by Bobby Portis.

But you don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone, and the team is sorely missing Lopez right now.

Milwaukee has not been the same without its starting center

Brook spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Nets organization. He was strictly a back-to-the-basket post-up center.

He ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18 but averaged only 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as his career was seemingly coming to a close.

But when he signed with Milwaukee and joined Budenholzer the following year, he experienced an immediate career resurgence and really a career transformation.

Lopez shot 36.5% from three that year on 6.3 attempts, both career bests. His surge in three-point volume was shocking, but it turned out to be exactly what the Bucks needed.

The 7-footer also blocked 2.4 shots that season, becoming one of the NBA’s premier rim-protecting stretch fives. He helped Milwaukee to the NBA’s best record and did it again in 2019-20 before becoming a part of the franchise’s first title-winning team in 50 years last season.

The Bucks had a negative point differential the year before Lopez arrived. In his first season with the team, Milwaukee led the NBA with a differential of 8.9. The team was first again in 2019-20 and third in last year’s championship-winning season.

Similarly, the Bucks went from dead last in rebounding pre-Brook to first, first, and second the three ensuing seasons.

Milwaukee was 22nd in three-point shooting percentage before the former Stanford Cardinal came to town. In his first season in the Cream City, the Bucks rose to 15th and were fifth when they won the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

It’s not an exaggeration to say Brook unlocked Milwaukee’s potential.

Lopez needs to be at full strength for his team to win back-to-back championships

As of Feb. 2, Milwaukee is fifth in the East at 32-21. The top of the conference is such a jumbled mess the Bucks are only 1.5 games back of the Chicago Bulls — but they’re also only four games away from dropping into a play-in spot.

Antetokounmpo has been able to carry the team to seventh in the NBA in scoring and second in rebounding, but his team is middle-of-the-pack in defense, and ball movement has stagnated (20th in assists).

Injuries served as a legitimate excuse during the first half of the year. Giannis, Middleton, and Holiday all missed significant time.

But those three have been relatively healthy for weeks, and the Bucks have yet to flip their switch. Something is clearly missing from a team that has run roughshod over the league the past three seasons.

That something is Brook Lopez.

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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.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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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