Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

 

The Milwaukee Bucks will be able to keep their superstar … on one condition.

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he’ll stay put as long as the team continues moving in the right direction.

“As long as Milwaukee does the right moves and we’re a championship (contending) team, I’m not going nowhere,” he told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

“This is my home. All I know is loyalty and this is an organization that (has preached that) since day one and hopefully I can help them bring joy to the fans and bring joy to the city in the future with a championship.”

The 23-year-old is averaging 27.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists – all team highs – this season for the Bucks, who currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference and are just a game back of having home-court advantage.

It’s no surprise, then, that other clubs might be interested in his services. Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson recently received a $50,000 tampering fine for saying Antetokounmpo is going to put Milwaukee on the map and bring the city a championship one day. Last summer, it was speculated the Greek Freak could be lured to another organization, but he shot down the rumor by tweeting lyrics from a Kendrick Lamar song.

Milwaukee has the two-time All-Star contractually locked up through 2020-21.

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Brett Favre is the NFL’s iron man, having started a record 321 games in a row during his 20-year career.

But, with the concern surrounding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and concussions growing, Favre admitted in a recent CNN interview that he’s worried by what the future holds for his health after a career of physical punishment.

“I’m able to function the way I so choose, at least up to this point,” Favre said, according to Tully Corcoran of thebiglead.com. “I stay active. … Tomorrow may be totally different. Tomorrow I may not remember who I am, I may not know where I live, and that’s the frightening thing for us football players.”

Favre also said he won’t push for his grandchildren to following his sporting footsteps.

“I’m not going to encourage him to play football,” Favre said regarding the oldest grandchild, who is eight. “I’m not saying I would discourage him, but I would be cringing every time I saw my grandson get tackled, because I know, physically, what’s at stake.”

LeBron James once again wasn’t afraid to voice his opinion on President Donald Trump.

In a new “Uninterrupted” video in which Cari Champion serves as an Uber driver for LeBron and Kevin Durant, James chimed in again on today’s increasingly divisive political environment and the polarizing commander-in-chief.

“The climate is hot,” James said. “The No. 1 job in America … is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f— about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked (up to) for inspiration. It was the President of the United States, it was whoever was the best in sports, and then it was like the greatest musician at the time. You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration from them.”

James added that Trump’s penchant for unrestrained talk is both comical and frightening.

“It’s at a bad time,” James said. “While we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us: ‘This is not the way.’ It’s not even a surprise when he says something. It’s like laughable. It’s laughable and it’s scary.”

Durant didn’t hold back either.

“When we’re talking about leadership, and what’s going on in our country, it’s all about leadership,” Durant said. “You need to empower people, you need to encourage people. And that’s what builds a great team. And I feel like our team as a country is not ran by a great coach.”

The Miami Marlins will allow players to have beards or mustaches in the upcoming season, but on one condition from team CEO Derek Jeter: Facial hair is “well groomed.”

Jeter, who spent his entire career under the no-beard mandate with the New York Yankees, will continue a policy set forth by the Marlins last season, but emphasized some rigidity by adding the caveat it be maintained in a conversation with Tim Healey of the Sun Sentinel.

Former Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria imposed a ban on all facial hair during the 2016 season, though it was entirely rescinded for the 2017 campaign after players voiced their concerns to manager and former Yankees great Don Mattingly.

“You want people to look professional,” Jeter added. “I think if you look professional, you act professional.”

“I know with the Yankees, obviously, we weren’t allowed to have any facial hair with the exception of a mustache, which never worked for me, but I think you do want players – they’re individuals, they have their personalities, you want them to be able to represent themselves and their families and the organization, but you want them to do that in a professional manner.”

Despite sitting fifth in league scoring and remaining on pace to shatter his previous career-high points total, Phil Kessel isn’t caught up in the hoopla of individual accolades.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star winger has 66 points in 59 games and an outside chance at catching Nikita Kucherov (76 points) in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, but the self-proclaimed hard-working, hockey-loving nice guy has his focus set elsewhere.

“I don’t care. I’ve got two Cups,” Kessel said when asked about the pursuit of the scoring title, per Pens Inside Scoop.

Kessel has been one of the league’s hottest players in the New Year, recording 24 points in 19 games since the calendar flipped to 2018. The 30-year-old’s surge is one of the main reasons the Pens have been unstoppable of late, going 14-4-1 in that span.

Coming off the first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Philadelphia Eagles are not short on confidence.

First-team All-Pro offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who’s under contract with the Eagles for the next four seasons, did his part to fuel what could become the league’s newest rivalry against the back-to-back AFC Champion New England Patriots.

“The Patriot Way is a fear-based organization,” Johnson said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “Obviously, do they win? Hell yes, they win. They’ve won for a long time. Do I think people enjoy and can say, ‘I had a lot of fun playing there?’ No, I don’t.”

Johnson played the 2017 season with running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive end Chris Long, two castoffs from the Super Bowl LI-winning Patriots team.

The outspoken offensive lineman doesn’t see himself choosing to blend into what the Patriots demand of their players.

“They’re successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like f—ing robots,” he said. “Hey, stop being a d—head. We can be cordial for a little bit. You only get to do this job one time, so let’s have fun while we’re doing it. Not to be reckless, but I’d much rather have fun and win a Super Bowl than be miserable and win five Super Bowls.”

It’s not the first shot Johnson has taken at the Patriots and five-time Super Bowl-champ Tom Brady, calling the quarterback a “pretty boy” he’d like to dethrone prior to Super Bowl LII.

Mike Babcock is a passionate coach, and a pretty straightforward, stern individual. However, when his Toronto Maple Leafs won the 2016 draft lottery for the rights to select Auston Matthews first overall, his emotions got the best of him.

“Well, we got Auston,” Babcock told TSN’s Kristen Shilton while discussing the team’s progress over the last few seasons. “But what if we (didn’t)? I remember when we got to three (in the draft lottery), I was jumping up in the living room. When we got to one, tears. People don’t understand. You need real players.”

Most Leafs fans can probably relate to Babcock’s reaction.

On Day 1, Matthews showed he was the real deal by scoring four goals in his first game. Through his first 128 NHL games, he’s now collected 65 goals and 112 points.