The title “Champion of the World” is nothing new for American running back Noah Lyles, and he ruffled some NBA stars’ feathers when he shared his thoughts on what it means.
The 26-year-old won his third straight 200m title at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last weekend in the third-fastest time ever. This was only one of his three medals in these competitions. He also won the 100m gold and became a gold medalist First since Usain Bolt in 2015 to sweep the 100 and 200.
After anchoring the U.S. 4x100m relay to first place and adding another medal to his tally, he used his final media conference of the meet to get some things off his chest:
I got to watch the NBA Finals and they have the world champion on their heads. What is the world champion? Lyles said Sunday: United States? Do not be mistaken. I like America sometimes. But this is not the world…we are the world. We have almost every country here fighting and progressing and wearing a flag to show that they are represented. There are no flags in the NBA.”
ESPN shared Lyles’ take Instagram And it didn’t take long Phoenix Suns stars Kevin Durant And Devin Booker, Golden State Warriors veteran Draymond Green, Damian Lillard From Portland Trail Blazers And Miami Heat‘s Bam Adebayo To hear the voice in the comments
“Somebody help this brother out,” Durant said. Meanwhile, Booker chimed in with a unique face and palm emoji. “Lol, is anyone going to tell him?” Adebayo wrote. “Why does your brother care so much?” Sacramento Kings Star D. Aaron Fox asked at X With a crying and laughing emoji.
For Lillard, “Tf” and two smiley emojis did it. “When being smart goes wrong,” was Green’s comment.
The NBA prides itself on being an international league. The best come from all over the world to play in the NBA. #1 overall pick Victor Vimbayama France is a great example. nuggets MVP Nikola Jokic The Serbian native is one of the most current international stars Giannis Antetokounmpo And Luka Doncic, and the list goes on.
If the NBA, widely regarded as the pinnacle of the sport, wasn’t enough, the US international basketball team has been dominant for years, claiming 16 Olympic gold medals, five FIBA World Cup medals and seven It is in the FIBA World Cup.
Like the United States, Lyles’ comments were ill-timed Easily advanced to the second round of the FIBA World Cup With a win against Greece on Monday. That same day, Doncic scored 34 points in a win over Slovenia.
But there is another layer to Lyles’ comments that has been omitted from most social media pages. The songstress is trying to bring the song into the mainstream conversation, and she’s done just that. He and Bolt are the only world gold medalists in the men’s 200. When Lyles raced in Jamaica earlier this summer, Bolt told him the track needed his personality.
Lyles is currently filming an NBC Sports documentary and will also appear in a Netflix series on 100 meters. He wants this sport to be seen more.
“Medals are the first step because people notice you,” he said Sunday before turning his sights on the NBA. We need to do more. We must be introduced to the world. I love the track community, but we can only do so much in our own bubble. There’s a whole world out there.”
If he had called the NFL, he might have had a better chance of conveying that feeling.