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Drake Reacts to Noah Lyles’ Comments About the NBA Calling Themselves World Champions

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 19: Noah Lyles of Team United States reacts after competing in Heat 2 of Men's 100m Qualification during day one of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at National Athletics Centre on August 19, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 19: Drake performs during Wicked (Spelhouse Homecoming Concert) Featuring 21 Savage at Forbes Arena at Morehouse College on October 19, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Much criticism is directed towards American track star Noah Lyles for his recent statements about the NBA. Lyles stated that NBA Finals champions referring to themselves as “world champions” was wrong. Numerous NBA players reacted to his remarks, and now even Drake is criticizing the track star.

“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?”

Noah Lyles

Regarding Lyles’ remarks about the NBA, Drake responds to a post by DJ Akademiks. Lyles asserted that NBA players shouldn’t be permitted to refer to themselves as “world champions” after winning the NBA Finals because, in his view, all they had accomplished was winning a league within the United States.

The Toronto Raptors are the only team with a roster outside the United States. However, there have been talks in recent years about the NBA expanding into other countries.

The NBA is a global league, which is the main point Lyles neglected to consider. The NBA has become a sport that international athletes have dominated over the last few years. Many of the best players worldwide consider it their primary goal to make it to the league.

Many NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Tyler Herro, Aaron Gordon, and more, came to defend why the league considers the winner of the NBA Finals the champions of the world. Some of the NBA’s best players are not born within the United States.

Nikola Jokić, the big man from Serbia, led the Denver Nuggets to an NBA championship this previous season. Team USA most recently took home gold in the 2020 Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.

Given Lyles’s overall backlash from players and fans alike, it will be a topic to follow regarding how he moves forward.