NBA Stars React To Sprinter Noah Lyles' Critique of 'World Champion' Title

Photo: Instagram/Noah Lyles

US sprinter Noah Lyles' victory in the 200-meter event at the World Athletics Championships garnered attention not just for his performance on the track, but also for his comments on American sports champions.

Lyles questioned the use of the term "world champion" for NBA players, stating, "World champion of what? The United States? Don't get me wrong. I love the U.S. at times. But that ain't the world." He emphasized that the world is composed of numerous countries, each represented by athletes fighting and thriving.

Lyles' remarks prompted a swift reaction from NBA players, with Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant expressing his concern by posting, "Somebody help this brother," on Instagram. His teammate, Devin Booker, responded with a face palm emoji.

Photo: Instagram/Noah Lyles

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon took a more competitive approach, challenging Lyles to a 200-meter race and asserting his confidence in winning. Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo humorously questioned, "Lol is somebody going to tell him??" Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox pondered why Lyles was so invested in the matter.

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green chimed in with a witty remark, writing, "When being smart goes wrong." Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who desires a trade, simply expressed his confusion with the acronym "Tf."
Lyles, who secured three gold medals at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest and a bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has yet to respond to the feedback from NBA players regarding his initial statements.

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Source: CBS Sports

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