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Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo earned his title, the “Greek Freak,” thanks to his unbelievably diverse skillset. The 6-foot-11, 242-pound player can go all-in as a hard-driving power forward. Antetokounmpo can orchestrate the offense as a point guard. He’s selfless and capable of recognizing when sideman Khris Middleton is the better player on the court.

Antetokounmpo has all of the makings of an all-time great NBA player. An obvious candidate to rack up awards, including the elusive league MVP. But it wasn’t always so obvious that this was what life had in store for the NBA Finals winning Bucks hero.

Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t grow up in basketball like a superstar-in-waiting

Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the Bucks officially in 2013. He went No. 15 overall in the draft, outperforming even his own expectations. It was a long journey to that point, after growing up in Athens, Greece as the son of undocumented Nigerian immigrants. Wisconsin Life reports that Antetokounmpo wasn’t exactly a LeBron James-style young player. Late into his teenage years, he was still getting benched by his coaches.

Whatever natural talent the Greek Freak has today was developed slowly over time. It’s hard to imagine from here in 2022, however. EAntetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award in 2017. That’s well after he joined the league, but years removed from his Finals MVP run. In between, he received a nod as the overall Best Defensive Player of the Year.

Reporters laughed at the notion of Giannis Antetokounmpo becoming an MVP-caliber player

A Bucks fan recently dug up a remarkable bit of footage to show off on his Twitter account. A rookie version of Giannis, looking like a kid compared to today, tells the press what he expects from his burgeoning career: “I want the MVP. I want the MVP, yeah!”

There’s a wave of laughter from the gathered press in response. It’s clear that they’re not being condescending, to be fair. Antetokounmpo is confident in his usual charming way, and they’re mostly reacting to that. But in 2022, he would not draw a friendly chuckle from the press for saying the exact same thing.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out that he is on a very short list of consecutive year MVP winners, after all. There’s no longer anything funny about the idea of the now 27-year-old aspiring to an MVP nod. We all now know what that self-deprecating yet confident boy grew up to be. Antetokounmpo is already, as NBA.com reports, in the company of some of the best NBA players of all time.

Could Antetokounmpo earn the MVP award for 2022?

Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with the Larry O'Brien trophy during the Milwaukee Bucks 2021 NBA Championship Victory Parade
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates during the 2021 NBA Championship Victory Parade | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Winning consecutive MVP awards is rare. But for Giannis Antetokounmpo, he managed to earn a near-consensus from the sportswriters and broadcasters who vote on the award, ESPN reports. While he didn’t earn it a third year in a row, he did take home the Finals MVP in 2021.

So, can the Greek Freak do it again? It likely depends on how the playoffs pan out for the Bucks. Action Network reports that Giannis continues to improve, raising an already high assumed ceiling for his skills. He proved himself further by leading a dominant first-round victory over the Chicago Bulls.

His odds went way up after the first game against the Boston Celtics. Middleton was out with an injury. Jrue Holiday got into foul trouble so early on, that the game looked like it would be a wash. For Giannis, it was an opportunity to fill in the gaps. He put up his second career playoff triple-double, making his case for another MVP nod this year stronger than ever.

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Published Date: Sat, 07 May 2022 17:00:00 +0000

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

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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.

https://twitter.com/CelebJets/status/1547047653690822661?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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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Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:07:00 GMT

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

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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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Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
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Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 04:26:28 +0000

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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season

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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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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:52:17 +0000

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