View comments “He’s a big part of my success in the league,” Antetokounmpo said after Wednesday’s practice in his first public comments since the coaching change. “I’m loyal to the people I work with. I love him as a person. I care about him as a person.”Informed by Bucks’ management of the planned firing even before Kidd learned his fate, Antetokounmpo called his soon-to-be ex-coach to break the news.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was one of the toughest calls I had to make,” he said. “We are going to miss him.”Joe Prunty, a member of Kidd’s staff, has been named interim coach for the remainder of the season. He directed the team to a 109-105 win over Phoenix on Monday, just hours after taking over the team. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kidd became Milwaukee’s coach a few months after a group led by co-owners Wes Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets, where Kidd had been coach, as compensation. He inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. Under Kidd, the Bucks had a regular-season record of 139-152.Milwaukee is 9-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Asked whether he believed Kidd should have been fired, Antetokounmpo, who reportedly offered to go to the team’s owners to try to save Kidd’s job, said: “It’s in the front office’s hands. Whatever they can do to make this team a championship level team, it can happen. If it’s me being traded, or the coach being fired.”Kidd is the second coach to be fired since the Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Antetokounpmo played one season under Larry Drew, who was dismissed in June 2014.“I was only 18,” Antetokoummpo said. “I didn’t even know how the NBA worked. (Kidd’s firing) hurts a little bit more because he was here for 3 1/2 years. He trusted me. He put the ball in my hands. He pushed me to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a 24-second violation during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo grew from a reed-thin, inexperienced teenager into one of the NBA’s dominant players under the tutelage of coach Jason Kidd, whom the Milwaukee Bucks fired earlier in the week with the team mired in mediocrity despite high expectations.Kidd’s abrupt and surprising dismissal Monday has taken an emotional toll on the All-Star forward, affectionately known as the “Greek Freak.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Antetokounmpo is expected to return to action when the Bucks take on Brooklyn in Milwaukee on Friday. He sat out the past two games as he continues to manage chronic pain in his right knee.“I feel great. I’m ready to go,” he said. “I feel energized.”Prunty said his players “gave good energy” in the first full practice since he took the reins.“These are a tough few days,” Prunty said. “We need to focus on whether we are getting better.”The Bucks have said that Prunty will be considered for the permanent job after the season. The hire will be especially crucial as the Bucks prepare to move into a new arena.“It’s hard to talk about that aspect of it right now,” Prunty said. “This isn’t about me, especially under these circumstances.”Malcolm Brogdon, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, praised Prunty’s positive demeanor.“In times of struggle, we tend to pout and take our foot off the gas. We can’t do that,” Brogdon said. “He’s a good coach to have when we are going through those struggles.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Madrid stunned by Leganes at home, eliminated from Copa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
After announcing the successor to its Q6 series earlier this year, Korean electronics giant LG has finally launched its LG Q7 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs 15,990, the new LG Q7 will be available for sale across all retail outlets in India starting September 1 in Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue colour variants.”We are confident that the consumers who are looking for a balanced smartphone with the premium features will find the LG ‘Q7’ very hard to resist,” Business Head- Mobiles, LG India, Advait Vaidya said in a statement.As far as the specifications are concerned, LG Q7 sports a 5.5-inch full HD FullVision Display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The body is of the newly launched phone is protected by IP68 dust and water resistant technology.The device is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750S processor and it couples 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD.LG’s new budget smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. It also features support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.As far as the camera is concerned, LG Q7 sports a 13MP camera at the back with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and LED flash. On the front, the phone sports an 8MP camera with f/1.9 aperture. In terms of the audio, the phone offers support for DTS: X Surround Sound technology and it comes with active noise cancellation feature.Besides the fingerprint sensor, which rests directly below the camera and the LED flash on the rear side of the phone, LG Q7 sports a host of other sensors including an accelerometer, a gyro-meter, a proximity sensor and a compass. In terms of connectivity, the LG Q7 includes Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm jack.advertisementALSO READ: LG Q7, Q7+ and Q7a with 18:9 display, water-resistant body announcedAs mentioned before, LG had announced the successor to its Q6 series– Q7, Q7+, and Q7a smartphones earlier this year. However, the company has launched only LG Q7 in India so far. It remains to be seen if the Korean giant would launch the other two variants– Q7+ and Q7a in India in the coming days.