Purple & Bold: Kostas Antetokounmpo prepares for a Milwaukee reunion with his MVP brother

first_imgOne of his favorite high school haunts was a nearby location of Blaze Pizza – whose most famous investor is LeBron James. Kostas now calls it a “crazy” coincidence.“It was right by my high school,” he said. “So I know LeBron now, so I might ask him for a gift card or something – no, no, just kidding.”Kostas is in a strange position between the two teams who have paced their respective conferences so far. If the playoffs started today, the Lakers and Bucks might be favored to meet in the NBA Finals. He also has competing interests in the MVP race: Between the two teams, there are three likely candidates.Being up close to James and Davis is different from being around his brother. As abnormal as Giannis’ workout routine might seem, it’s normal to Kostas, who works out with all of his brothers in the offseason. Watching James and Davis work has given him an appreciation for what it takes for others to reach a higher level.It might seem tempting for teammates to hit Kostas up for Giannis intel, but he said that so far, it hasn’t been the case.“Not yet at least,” he said. “At least not really. I wouldn’t really know. I know the way (Giannis) works, but I wouldn’t even know what he does with the team.”That’s not to say they don’t talk: Kostas estimated that he talks with his brothers usually about once a day. The Antetokounmpos are famously tight-knit. Giannis sat his brothers alongside him for the post-game press conference of the All-Star Game last February, and both attended the NBA Awards in Santa Monica this summer when Giannis received his first MVP award.It might seem daunting for a younger brother of such an accomplished star to try to make his own way. But Danny Green, who has a younger brother playing at Indiana, said the league is largely indifferent to those kinds of challenges.“Everybody has brothers,” he said. “There’s four Holidays out there. There’s a lot of Plumlees, a couple Zellers. Nobody feels bad for any of the brothers that’s not as good as the other. They all made great careers for themselves.”While the odds run against the Antetokounmpo family producing a second MVP-winning brother, there are indications that Kostas could make it in the league. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds for the South Bay Lakers. His field goal percentage has improved from 52.5 percent last year to 62.1 percent this year. While his dimensions help him play defense, he said his goal is to become a stronger offensive player.Even Green, who has no ingrained sympathy for a brother trying to rise out of a towering shadow, sees the positive signs.“Kostas, I think, is still on his way,” he said. “He’s still young and learning. He has a lot of potential. I think he’s going to be big for us at some point and big for this league at some point.”Kostas hopes that’s sooner rather than later, of course, even though Giannis took some time to emerge as an All-Star-caliber threat. In every Lakers game, he hopes the score starts to slant so he can get an opportunity for NBA minutes. In Indiana, even with Anthony Davis out, the Lakers sat their two-way players – Coach Frank Vogel called them “insurance.”Maybe in time, that will change, Kostas thinks. Maybe he’ll end up earning a little more time with the Lakers. And while Western Conference and Eastern Conference teams only play each other twice per season, maybe there will be more opportunities down the road if the Lakers and Bucks make it far enough along in the postseason.For now, the Brothers Antetokounmpo aren’t making any summer plans.“That’s our plan: both being busy in June, playing against each other hopefully,” he said. “We don’t need to talk about offseason plans yet.”— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Don’t move, don’t even linkThe end of the streak – The Lakers finally lost away from Staples Center, in a way that reinforced how impressive their streak was.The ankle everyone’s wondering about – The genesis of Anthony Davis’ up-in-the-air status for Thursday’s super-match.Trusting the patient – This look at how the Lakers let Davis play through soreness seems salient.Old friends in Indy – Frank Vogel was in his element, at least before the game started, as Nate McMillan noted how strange it was to see a friend team up with an old enemy.While others rest – LeBron keeps chasing wins, and it’s working, Mirjam wrote. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThis is life for two-way contract players trying to make it from the fringes of the NBA: You toil in the G League for most of the season until you get a long-awaited call that is likely to mean a redeye cross-country flight to meet the NBA team. When you get there, not even a locker is assured.But Antetokounmpo was more than happy to make the trip for one reason in particular: At the end of this five-game road swing is Milwaukee, where his family lives and where his name carries the ring of local royalty. Kostas can’t wait to be on the same floor as his brother, Giannis, who you have probably heard of – and who definitely has two cubbies.When the Lakers take on the Bucks on Thursday night, he’ll have a lot of reasons to be racked with excitement.“Two best teams in the NBA right now going head-to-head,” Kostas said Sunday. “So like, as a fan I want to watch that game. As a player, I want to be playing in that game. It would be amazing to be on that trip.”Greece was the first home he truly loved, but Milwaukee was the second. Kostas spent three years at Dominican High School, north of the city in Whitefish Bay, as his brother was developing into a mold-breaking forward for the Bucks. The younger Antetokounmpo can claim something that Giannis can’t: He won high school state championships with the Knights in 2015 and 2016.center_img Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Dec. 18 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.In an NBA locker room, the ultimate sign of respect is an extra cubby. Even when teams travel, their best players get more room in cramped visiting quarters.LeBron has two cubbies. A.D. has two cubbies.It should tell you a little bit about the status of 22-year-old Kostas Antetokounmpo to know that, on Sunday evening in Atlanta, he didn’t have a locker at all. The 6-foot-10 forward sat on a folding chair in a narrow corridor between the lockers and the showers, eating chicken and broccoli while watching game film on an iPad. A few feet above his head, his nametag was pasted on the wall to mark his tiny patch of unremarkable territory.last_img read more

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Wellington Council votes to increase water rates and implement accelerated user rate table

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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Jim Bodean · 320 weeks ago Great another thing to tighten my belt more. I just as wells move the belt away from my hips and place it around my neck the way you all think we citizens are loaded with cash. This would not have needed to happen if the City had not given away half it contingency money to the hospital. I guess this is one way to re coup that lost money. Add in the school bond and you all have just helped this poor boy have to move yet again. Report Reply 1 reply · active 320 weeks ago +28 Vote up Vote down KsRes · 320 weeks ago Wouldn’t mind this so much, IF the water was worth actually paying for. You can’t drink it, sometimes the way it smells you don’t even want to bathe in it. Our water SMELLS and TASTES HORRIBLE!! Maybe with the increase they will fix this problem?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down wellington resident · 320 weeks ago The smells and taste horrible. Why don’t you fix that problem? It might be worth paying for. You can’t even drink it but want us to pay more for it??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 320 weeks ago I moved away because the electricity for running the lights in the rooms I’m in, a computer and a TV when the air conditioner is not on is not worth $200 a month. Supporting City Hall is not the purpose of me working. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down jim · 320 weeks ago Once again Wellington’s leaders prove why this city has earned it’s ignominious reputation for absconding with Joe Citizen’s cash. And for what? To fuel the city’s unquenchable thirst for fine wine on a beer budget. This has become the equivalent of an addiction. Need more drug… go rob somebody – a well – meaning and powerless neighbor. “we gotta have this and that” … raise the rates on something, create a new tax… gimme some more monopoly money. Gimme, gimme, spend, spend. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down REALLY? · 320 weeks ago This is incredibly horrible! The water’s condition is TERRIBLE! The carbon filters are not working. The water tastes like dirt, fish and algae…aka…Wellington Lake! And they have the gall to try and charge more. Making an official complaint, what all likeminded citizens should do as well, and definitely not voting for Kelly Green, Jan Korte, or John Brand in upcoming election. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down wellington · 320 weeks ago Wellington……. All you are is taxed Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 320 weeks ago People with large familys will naturally use more water and be punished because they are a large family. I really don’t think this is fair to them. It already takes more money for them to survive. The water smells and taste horrible and you are wanting more money for it. REALLY!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down craig · 320 weeks ago This city spending and taxing and overpriced services have become a cesspool of bad humor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down What? · 320 weeks ago I was told that the smell and taste issue was from the lake turning over due to the recent rains??? I’m guessing the water coming out of the tap was sent to town long before the recent rains. It’s not like the treatment plant pumps it straight to my house when I turn on the faucet, come on there is about 1.5 million gallon between the 2 water towers. Which would mean that it all smells and taste like fish also. Just open up a few more hydrants and throw some more chemicals in, it will be all right. (??Conservation let it run down the ditch??) Is that on an accelerated rate scale $$$$ Report Reply 0 replies · active 320 weeks ago 1234Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to increase water rates and implement an accelerated rate in which the price of water will go up based on the amount of water you consume.The new rates will go into effect immediately.The city will charge a minimum of $10 per month for all residents within the city limits. There will be no additional charge for the first 2,000 gallons per month.The next 2,001 to 10,000 gallons per month, per thousand gallons will be an additional $3.39. The next 10,001 to 40,000 gallons per month, per thousand gallons will be $3.49; and all over 40,000 gallons, per month, per thousand will be $3.59. The same accelerated rate table will be implemented for rural customers using city water except it will be $11 for first 2,000 gallons, and $4, $4.25 and $4.35.Wellington City Council members John Brand, Kelly Green, Jan Korte and Kelly Green voted for the rate change. B.J. Tracy and Jim Valentine voted against it.This marks the first water rate change for the city of Wellington since 2006.Wellington Economic Director Cody Sims said the average customer will receive a 45 cent a month.“The increased water rate structure emphasizes conservation, but will also help the city recoup the cost of delivering water to our customers,” Sims said.Tracy said he appreciates the work that the water conservation committee did in establishing these rates.“But I cannot support the water rates because rural water customers will be taking a big hit,” Tracy said.The water conservation commission also addressed the water rebates for people purchasing low-flow toilets and faucet and shower heads. The city council did not address this issue at this time (see story here).Sims said that proposal will be going to the Wellington Planning Commission for review before being addressed by the council.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Thursday January 2nd Local Sports

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off a strong challenge from short-handed Minnesota in a 106-104 victory over the Timberwolves. Antetokounmpo got his 30th double-double in 33 games this season and Khris Middleton added 13 points despite shooting 5 for 18 as Milwaukee hit just 42.6% of its shots overall and only 9 of 36 from 3-point range. Shabazz Napier had 22 points to lead Minnesota, Gorgui Deng scored 15 and Josh Okogie added 12. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Homer Bailey and Rich Hill are joining the Minnesota Twins for the 2020 season. The Twins signed both to one-year contracts. The 33-year-old Bailey made 31 starts between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics last season. He was a combined 13-9 with a 4.57 ERA. He started 18 games for Kansas City before being traded in July. The 39-year-old Hill started 13 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He was 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA. He missed about two months with a left forearm strain. Hill has been in the majors parts of 15 seasons with eight teams. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 2021 NHL Winter Classic will be on Target in Minnesota. The Wild will host next year’s game at Target Field, the home of the MLB’s Twins. The Wild’s opponent for that New Year’s Day game will be determined later. NHL officials announced Minnesota’s Winter Classic game during Wednesday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It will be the first Winter Classic for the Wild, but their second time hosting an outdoor game. AMES — Iowa State looks ahead to the Big 12 opener at TCU after a shocking home loss to Florida A&M. Playing without sophomore standout Tyrese Haliburton the Cyclones let a 13 point first half lead slip away in a 70-68 loss. It was the Rattlers second win of the season.It was ISU’s second home loss as they fall to 7-5.Prohm says Haliburton injured a wrist in practice. He hopes he is ready for Saturday’s conference opener.Tipoff in Fort Worth is scheduled for 5 o’clock on Saturday evening. EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s investment in Kirk Cousins has yet to yield a postseason victory. His first opportunity to get one with the Vikings has arrived this week. Cousins has previously taken part in two playoff games, both losses at home with Washington. Coming off his career-best performance in 2019, Cousins and the Vikings will play at New Orleans in the first round on Sunday. The Vikings have only one win in the playoffs in the past 10 years. That came against the Saints after the 2017 season, on the “Minneapolis Miracle” touchdown pass on the final play of the game.last_img read more

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Down again before soaring: Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of West Indies ODI series; replacement…

first_imgAdvertisement 312NBA Finals | Brooklyn VssmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gzl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) blrm7Would you ever consider trying this?😱b6enspCan your students do this? 🌚j8dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered yet another injury that might end his marred year. The injury will rule the right-arm pacer for the three-match ODI series with Shardul Thakur expected to be named as the replacement, although there has been no official confirmation from the BCCI so far. Advertisement After being one of India’s three-pronged attack ever since his debut in late 2012, Bhuvneshwar Kumar soared early but has fallen down the pecking order this year.Advertisement Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun did not divulge the condition of the bowler and claimed that an assessment would be provided after a final prognosis by the medical team following which a media statement would be provided.Although the nature of the injury has not been revealed, it is believed that the nature of the injury is not related to the pulled hamstring that he had suffered earlier this year in England. The pacer reportedly picked up the injury during the recently concluded T20 series against West Indies. The 29-year-old pacer from Meerut informed the medical team after feeling some discomfort.Advertisement The Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling lead had a lacklustre series with the ball after finishing the first two matches without a wicket and conceding 36 runs. Despite finishing with two wickets in the final fixture, he leaked 41 runs.The pacer suffered his first setback this year after pulling out of his run-up in his very first spell during India’s high octane clash against Pakistan at the World Cup. Despite returning back in time for the semi-finals, Bhuvneshwar had to be ruled out for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh.Shardul Thakur last played in colours for India during their Asia Cup triumph last year and shortly later was handed his Test debut against the West Indies.India’s injury concerns mount after Shikhar Dhawan too failed to recover from his knee injury which ruled him out of the West Indies series entirely. Mayank Agarwal was named as the left-hander’s replacement for the series which is set to commence in Chennai shortly.India head into the ODI series on the bank of a victorious T20 series and also a dominant record against the opposition in the subcontinent.Read Also:Gem amongst stones: Kevin Pietersen discovers swashbuckling toddler on social media; calls for Virat Kohli for his inclusionIndia to create world record with cricket stadium that will accomodate a whooping 110,000 spectators!   Advertisementlast_img read more

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