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There’s a presumption – real or imagined – that NBA superstars prefer playing under the bright lights of big media markets. And no major market is glitzier than Los Angeles, as both home to Hollywood and the cradle of contemporary basketball.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he’s not that impressed at the idea of playing in L.A., however.

“I could never see myself being out there,” Antetokounmpo said after returning from All-Star weekend, according to the Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez. “It’s great for two, three days but it’s a little bit – things are going a little bit crazy.”

The 23-year-old Athens, Greece, native apparently prefers the quieter Midwestern charm of Milwaukee.

“In Milwaukee – I love Milwaukee – it’s low-key. I can walk down the road, down the streets without anybody bugging me – nobody interrupts my conversation or anything. I love how quiet and calm Milwaukee is.”

While there’s little doubt big-money sponsors and TV networks would prefer the NBA’s biggest stars to play in metropolises like Los Angeles or New York, there’s not much they can do if a player wants to ply his trade in the nation’s 31st-largest city.

Antetokounmpo’s current contract with the Bucks runs through 2021.


Say what you will about Milwaukee, but Giannis Antetokounmpo loves it.

The Bucks phenom has rapidly developed into a superstar, and this young season has made a better case than anyone that he’s the league MVP.

Antetokounmpo, 22, believes his adopted city suits his personality, and is probably conducive to his on-court success.

“I’m a low-profile guy,” he told The New York Times’ Marc Stein. “I don’t like all these flashy cities like L.A. or Miami. I don’t know if I could be the same player if I played in those cities.”

That figures to be music to the ears of Bucks nation, as Milwaukee is one of the NBA’s smaller markets and, as such, tends to have a tougher time luring and keeping stars. There was offseason speculation that teams were plotting to poach Antetokounmpo, who responded with this tweet:

The Greek Freak has already shown loyalty to the club that drafted him 15th overall in 2013, giving the Bucks a discount on a four-year, $100-million contract extension last year to keep him in Wisconsin through 2021.

He said he “can take this organization to the next level and bring that championship.” While Milwaukee isn’t a title contender given its roster holes – including a lack of shooting and speed – Antetokounmpo is doing his part, and more.

Following a breakout campaign that saw him earn his first All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive nods, the versatile 7-footer is putting up a league-leading 31.3 points on 60 percent shooting to go along with 10.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game for the 4-4 Bucks.

WrestleMania Premiere Party A Celebration Of Miami Art And Fashion

WWE Hall Of Famer and Houston native Booker T is hosting a special live version of his “Heated Conversations” podcast later this month as part of a benefit for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Taking place Sept. 24 in Los Angeles, the benefit will feature appearances by WWE Superstars, raffles, and wrestling memorabilia to be auctioned off, including autographed items from Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe.

Booker T, who’s real name is Robert Booker Tio Huffman, announced in December that he plans to run for mayor of Houston in 2019.


The turf war between the Chargers and Rams – as the franchises compete for the fans of Los Angeles – may be a battle for second place, at least according to Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis.

As the Raiders faced the Rams last weekend, Davis was asked about the two new L.A. clubs’ fight to be the most popular football team in town, but said local fans have instead chosen a third option on the ballot.

“You know, it’s kind of funny,” Davis told Vincent Bonsignore of Los Angeles Daily News. “They’re talking about the fight for Los Angeles. And Raiders fans have been telling me we already won that fight, And that the Rams and Chargers are fighting for the No. 2 and 3 spots …

“I think we already won the battle.”

The Raiders resided in Los Angeles from 1982-94 and left a lasting impression on the area. Davis said that while “Raider Nation” exists all over the world, the fans in Southern California have always been very supportive and that the club wants to keep a strong relationship with the community.

“A good portion (of the Raiders’ fans) have come from Los Angeles and Southern California,” Davis added. “Without stepping on any toes, we’re going to market ourselves in Los Angeles area. And San Diego. We’re reaching out to Raider Nation in Southern California. It’s strong there.”


According to the NFL, it’s much cheaper to move to Las Vegas than to Los Angeles.

The Rams and Chargers, who will both be playing in L.A., will pay $645 million between December 2019 and December 2028, while the Raiders will pay $378 million over 10 years to relocate to Las Vegas, sources told ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The 29 NFL teams who are not or have not relocated to Los Angeles or Las Vegas are taking home a hefty profit from those who are.

Each team will receive a sum of $55.2 million over an 11-year period stemming from the relocation fees paid by the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders.

The Green Bay Packers released their projected net sum from the relocation fees as $27.1 million, accounting for present value of money over time and taxes, at a recent shareholders meeting.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll may work in the Pacific Northwest, but he has some experience guiding a football team in California.

The former USC football coach watched as a second NFL team moved to Los Angeles on Thursday and he has reservations about the idea of there being more competition in the second-largest media market in the country.

“I think it’s hard having one, so it’s going to be harder having two,” Carroll said of the now-Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

“It’ll be interesting. It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens and I think it’s an extraordinary challenge for the people of the area to figure out their allegiance and what they’re doing,” he continued. “There will be a strong pull, I’m sure, from the southern part down by San Diego and all through that. It will be fascinating to see what happens. It’s an enormous experiment.”

Forgive Carroll for using the term “experiment,” but the Rams and Chargers have left town before, as did the Raiders who currently reside in Oakland.


Philip Rivers has spent his entire 13-year career with the same franchise. Now that franchise is moving to a new city and the veteran quarterback doesn’t quite know how to handle it.

“I’m a little bit numb about it all. It hasn’t really settled in,” Rivers told KLSD-AM in San Diego on Friday, according to’s Kevin Patra.

The Chargers announced Thursday that they will be leaving San Diego after 55 years and moving down the road to Los Angeles. Rivers wants to be excited at the new opportunities a relocation brings, but is having a a hard time letting go of the city he called home for over a decade.

“I want it to be clear that my love for San Diego, the time here, the memories we had, the games, the practices, everything about it is special and awesome,” said Rivers. “But at the same time, I hope people understand this, I have to get excited, fired up about going up to a new area and representing our team and organization and going and trying to win as many games as we can win. And be the same guy that I’ve always been.”

While Rivers isn’t interested in changing his personality for fans, he’s concerned that his legacy as one of San Diego’s favorite athletes will be tarnished if he shows enthusiasm over a move that’s upset many supporters.

“I’m kind of in the middle of that of leaving behind something that you love, you’re thankful for,” said the Chargers’ all-time passing leader. “And you want to make sure everybody knows that. And then at the same time I don’t want people here to go, ‘Godly, he sure seems so fired up to go up there.’ I’m just fired up all the time, whatever the task is. That’s just the only way I know.

“I hope as the dust settles a little bit, I know there are a lot of emotions right now, that people could understand that. I hope that when the dust does settle that the people that have been fans here for a long time can still watch a game on Sunday and go, ‘Hey, that’s our quarterback.’ You want them to still feel that because you always do. It’s like your hometown.”