Termine: 'NBA should be pushing' Giannis as face of the league


Prior to the Milwaukee Bucks' true momentum-shifting win against the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Saturday, superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo eloquently explained to reporters how he focuses solely on the present, in order to avoid egotistical feelings.

Suffice to say, this mental process has worked exceptionally well for the former MVP. With a dominant slashline of 32 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in Game 5, Antetokounmpo's humility and unselfishness were on full display. And SiriusXM NBA Radio host Justin Termine believes the 26-year-old deserves to be recognized as the face of the league.

"It's just impressive how far he's come in the last couple years," Termine told The DA Show on Monday. "And I understand he's an international guy, and sometimes that doesn't maybe work as the face of the league in America. But I think he should be the face of the league. I think the NBA should be pushing him. There are other guys who are fantastic players, but they're divisive. LeBron, there are guys who love him and guys who hate him.

"I don't see how you can hate [Antetokounmpo], quite frankly. So, it wouldn't be a bad idea for them to push him as the face of the league. Especially if he gets a championship here to go along with two MVP's."

Antetokounmpo, who's averaging a team-high 29.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 20 games this postseason, became the fifth player in NBA Finals history with 30-plus points, five-plus assists, five-plus rebounds, and zero turnovers since individual turnovers were tracked during the 1977-78 season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Saturday was also Antetokounmpo's 13th straight game shooting 50-percent or better in the postseason, which tied Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal (2006) for the longest such streak in the shot-clock era.

Game 6 (Bucks lead series 3-2) will take place Tuesday night in Milwaukee, with tipoff scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Bucks have a 75-percent chance of winning their first title since 1971.

The entire NBA conversation between Termine and DA can be accessed in the audio and video players above.

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