Noah Lyles Doubles Down on ‘World Champion’ Comments: ‘The U.S. Actually Heard Something’

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 18: Noah Lyles of Team United States looks on during a press conference ahead of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at National Athletics Centre on August 18, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for World Athletics)

The track and field runner caused controversy by claiming that the “NBA isn’t the world.” Numerous fans and players came to defend or attack his points, effectively splitting the community.

Noah Lyles affirms that the NBA isn’t the world

Apparently, Lyles didn’t know that he had made a big splash in the league until the last day of the world championships.

He was out celebrating when his phone started blowing up with messages from friends asking him what the drama was about. Meanwhile, NBA players started noticing his take.

However, the fastest man alive didn’t pay attention until he noticed that big names started talking about it. He knew it was important when even Drake himself started talking about it.

“Oh, just a few basketball players, whatever. All of a sudden KD is talking, you’ve got Drake. Whose mans is this?”

Noah Lyles

Despite the negative attention he’s received, he still stands behind the point. His take is eerily similar to Paul George‘s.

The runner wants to affirm that the NBA is the best of the best, with players worldwide coming to compete. However, that isn’t competing against the world’s teams. Thus, NBA players aren’t world champions.

“They actually heard something. The US is very easily giving out world championships just because the rest of the world doesn’t play the sport we’re playing. You can’t call yourself a world champion if you don’t face the rest of the world.”

Noah Lyles

Despite giving the take two weeks ago, the issue is still going around, and communities are still debating about it. Furthermore, different players have come forward and defended or attacked his point, making the argument more divisive.

Fans’ takes are also divisive

MALL OF ASIA ARENA, MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2023/09/10: Andreas Obst of Germany celebrates after winning the finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 between Serbia and Germany at the Mall of Asia Arena-Manila. Final score: Germany 83:77 Serbia. (Photo by Nicholas Muller/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Photo by Nicholas Muller/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Both sides give proper points for the argument.

One side claims that the NBA is the world since players from other countries join to compete. An excellent example of this would be Nikola Jokic, who placed first in CBS’ Best NBA Players list.

The Serbian basketball player has been garnering awards and wins for himself and his team, the Denver Nuggets.

However, the other side claims it invalidates other countries since they don’t even have the means to compete in the NBA. This locks out multiple teams with talent, like the winner of the FIBA World Cup.

Do you think Noah Lyles is right?