Noah Lyles made a splash on and off the track at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
This 26-year-old American man became the first male runner Winner of both 100m and 200m events From Usain Bolt. Lyles, who claimed 200m bronze at the 2020 Olympics, also became the first man since Bolt to win three consecutive world 200m titles. Lyles also won another gold in the 4x100m relay.
And as he added three world championships to his medal haul last week, Lyles took aim at the NBA and its use of the term “world champion.”
“You know what hurts me the most is I have to watch the NBA Finals and they have the ‘World Champion’ on their head,” Lyles said. “What is the World Champion? United States? Don’t get me wrong, I like the US sometimes, but this is not the world. This is not the world. We are the world. We have almost all countries out. Here they fight, they flourish, they plant their flag to show that they represent. There are no flags in the NBA.”
There were comments Shared by ESPN on Instagram and several NBA players chimed in with their thoughts in the comments. Not surprisingly, they disagreed with Lyles.
Here’s a look at how Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard And others reacted:
Kevin Durant: Someone help this brother
Devin Booker: [Facepalm emoji]
Damian Lillard: Tf [two laughing emojis]
Draymond Green: When being smart goes wrong [facepalm emoji]
PJ Tucker: [Facepalm emoji] Can’t make this s— up
Aaron Gordon: Whatever… I’m smoking, your friend is 200 meters away [dashing away emoji]
roof Adebayo: lol is anyone going to tell him??
Tyus Jones: Yes, it is not [facepalm emoji, laughing emoji]
It is definitely an interesting discussion. No, the NBA does not include teams from around the world. But this is the premier basketball league in the world, making the Larry O’Brien Trophy the toughest team game to win.
Perhaps this argument can be settled with a Noah Lyles vs. Aaron Gordon matchup at the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend.