Basketball stars hit back after Noah Lyles’ NBA slam

Noah Lyles had a stellar week at the World Athletics Championships, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, but it’s safe to say he’s not universally popular among US sports stars.

Lyles, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, played in the NBA after winning his third gold. I watch the NBA Finals and they have “World Champions” on their heads. What is the world champion? The United States?” Lyles said.

He had more to say about the NBA, which is its latest champions Denver Nuggets.

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“Don’t get me wrong. I love the United States — sometimes — but it’s not the world. He compared the NBA to athletics, where “we’ve got almost every country here fighting, progressing and flying their flag. They tone up”.

Lyles, that embraces the spotlight, punctuated his comments with a few laughs, and the quotes seemed simple. That didn’t stop some NBA players from commenting on an ESPN social media post about Lyles’ comments.

He wrote: “Someone help this brother.” Kevin Duranta two-time NBA Finals MVP.

during Phoenix Suns teammate Devin BookerHe, who played in the 2021 final, responded with a palm emoji. Aaron Gordonwho won the NBA Finals with the Nuggets in June, wrote: “Whatever… I’m smoking dude in the 200m.”

US sports leagues such as the NBA, NFL and MLB often describe their winning teams as “world champions”, which angers fans in other countries.

However, while the NBA only includes teams from the United States and Canada, it has a strong claim to be a global league. The vast majority of the best players in the world compete in the NBA, and the last five league MVP awards to Joel Embiid (Cameron, 2023), Nikola Jokic (Serbia, 2021 and 2022) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece, 2019 and 2020).

There was also Jokic This year’s NBA Finals MVP was announced. At the beginning of last season, NBA said It had 120 international players from 40 different countries. Meanwhile, flow Men’s Basketball World Cup The team crowns the international champion with strong US favorites.

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