Noah Lyles Takes Victory Lap On Twitter Amidst Team USA's FIBA World Cup Elimination

Photo: Instagram/Noah Lyles

After Team USA's unexpected loss at the FIBA World Cup, American track and field sensation Noah Lyles seems to be reveling in a bit of social media triumph.

This comes shortly after a social media spat with NBA stars, including Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, in which Lyles challenged the use of "world champions" for NBA titleholders.

Lyles, renowned as the world's top-ranked 200m runner, wasted no time in revisiting this contentious topic in the wake of Team USA's surprising defeat against Germany, with a final score of 113–111.

Photo: Instagram/Noah Lyles

In a not-so-subtle reference on social media (formerly Twitter), Lyles seemed to savor the moment by subtly pointing out his earlier debated opinion. In an interesting twist, Lyles's social media activity included liking two memes that humorously poked fun at Team USA's loss.

One of these memes portrayed Lyles as the Marvel villain Thanos, accompanied by the caption, "They called me a madman," while the other depicted Shannon Sharpe trying to capture someone's attention.

It appears that Lyles is unapologetic about the controversy he ignited by suggesting that the "world champion" title used by NBA champions is inaccurate since the league primarily operates in the United States and Canada.
He previously stated, "You know what hurts me the most is that I have to watch the NBA Finals and they have ‘world champion’ on their head. World champion of what? The United States?" These remarks were made on August 25, following his victory in the 200 meters at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest.

As Team USA and NBA enthusiasts still grapple with the shock of Friday's defeat, it remains to be seen if any players will respond to Lyles's comments this time around, given the fireworks from the previous month.

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Source: Sports Illustrated
 

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