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The banner hanging above the tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park reads, “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.” About a decade ago, a similar banner that read, “When Centers Ruled the League” could have been placed above a Roy Hibbert statue in the entrance to every NBA arena.

But centers haven’t gone extinct. They’ve just evolved.

Nikola Jokic is flinging around passes with the flare of Jason Kidd. Joel Embiid is posting up like Shaq but shooting mid-range fadeaways like Dirk. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a velociraptor in a T-Rex’s body, to continue the analogy.

And this year’s NBA MVP race is proving that centers do, in fact, still rule the league.

Jokic, Embiid, and Giannis lead the NBA MVP race’s MVP ladder for the week of March 4 has the top five candidates for the award in this order:

  1. Nikola Jokic
  2. Joel Embiid
  3. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  4. DeMar DeRozan
  5. Ja Morant

One of the top three in the current rankings is all but guaranteed to win this year’s Maurice Podoloff Trophy. DeRozan is still putting up numbers, but his team is fading. Morant would constitute the only real threat, but Ja isn’t leapfrogging all three of the big men.

Jokic — although he’s the defending MVP — is addressed least at the national level but is on pace to win his second straight. In terms of traditional stats, the Denver Nuggets star is 11th in the league in scoring (25.9 points per game), second in rebounding (13.8), and seventh in assists (8.1).

Embiid’s stats are nearly as impossible to believe — JoJo leads the NBA in scoring, is eighth in rebounding, and is shooting better than 35% from three on almost four attempts per game. (Jokic is hitting 36.3% from deep).

Giannis is also doing his thing once again. The Milwaukee Bucks star is behind only Embiid in scoring (29.4), is sixth in rebounding (11.5), and would be second behind only Jokic in assists if he were considered a center in’s stats database.

Antetokounmpo is a center everybody.

In some order, those centers will finish 1, 2, 3 in the voting. But it’s not just their individual numbers and award rankings that prove the position is alive and well.

They’re proving big men are still crucial to winning championships

Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the NBA MVP race as proving centers still rule the league.
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers hugs Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets after a game at the Wells Fargo Center. | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers are tied for the fifth-best record in the NBA. Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are seventh, and Nikola’s Nuggets are tied for ninth with Chicago.

(Once again, to separate Jokic from the others — Embiid now has James Harden as a running mate, and before that Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, and Tyrese Maxey; Giannis has Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday; and Jokic has … Aaron Gordon and Will Barton.)

The reigning MVP has done more with less than any other player in the league in 2021-22. Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. could return for the playoffs, but Jokic has singlehandedly kept his team afloat in the Western Conference.

Per ESPN’s BPI (Basketball Power Index), the Bucks have the third-best odds to win the title coming out of the East, immediately followed by the Sixers. They’re predicted to finish third and fourth in the conference, respectively.

The Nuggets have the second-best title odds in the West behind only the Phoenix Suns, who have the best record in the NBA by a full eight games. And that’s without Murray or MPJ.

To further fuel the fire, Rudy Gobert is in line to be named the Defensive Player of the Year for a fourth time, and his Utah Jazz have the third-best odds in the West to win the championship.

Individual stats and awards are one thing. But these big men have their teams in line to win a title.

Centers may not be apex predators anymore, but they’re still dangerous

Want some more evidence that centers are still relevant? Before his injury, Cleveland Cavaliers‘ center Evan Mobley (he was nominally a 4 next to a traditional 5 in Jarrett Allen, but is in a Giannis-like center position) led the way in’s rookie rankings.

The three-and-D wing, along with the scoring guard, is still the most sought-after and valuable archetype for an NBA franchise. Even with Gobert, Donovan Mitchell is Utah’s catalyst, for example.

And though 7-footers might not be sitting on the block and Dream Shake-ing anyone anymore — although these three could — the position is still dominant in the league.

Centers didn’t go the way of the dinosaurs. They weren’t wiped out by the three-and-D meteor (or whatever you believe may have happened). They found a way to evolve.

And that evolution has them just as dangerous as ever.

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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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