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Paul George Agrees with Noah Lyles’ NBA World Champions Comments

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on December 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - AUGUST 23: Noah Lyles of Team United States competes in the Men's 200m Heats during day five of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at National Athletics Centre on August 23, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Paul George agrees with Noah Lyles’ controversial take that had the NBA community up in arms. He gives his take on the Podcast P with Paul George on YouTube and thinks Noah Lyle was somewhat right.

Paul George agrees but also disagrees

The track and field runner stirred up the community last week by claiming that “NBA champions aren’t world champions.” Fans and players are going back and forth, debating whether he was right.

Even the Clippers player goes back and forth with his thoughts, claiming that the argument is nuanced. Both sides are right, but just with different ideas.

“I think he’s right, technically. From his point of view being a USA athlete, I think he’s right in terms of world champion—competing on that scale and winning the gold medal.”

Paul George

He claims that Lyles is correct. The runner is competing in world championships with different countries coming in to compete for the medals. Winning over these competitors would, of course, dub these athletes as “world champions.”

However, the small forward also claims that the NBA is the best of the best. Players from all over the world join the league and compete at the highest levels. This makes it the “golden standard” of basketball.

“We have guys from all over the world. The game is more and more becoming an international game with the international talent coming into the league.”

Paul George
Paul George Agrees with Noah Lyle's NBA World Champions Comments. Photo by Podcast P
Photo by Podcast P with Paul George/YouTube

His claim is correct, especially now in 2023. Even CBS rated a Serbian basketball player—that being Nikola Jokic—their top one for the year. The 33-year-old continues to stand behind the claim that NBA players should be able to call themselves world champions.

“I think you have a right [to call yourself a world champion] being in the best—the NBA being the best of the best in basketball with all these other countries and international players being a part of our league. Yeah, you’re a world champion.”

Paul George

He wants to support both sides, validating the achievements of either kind of athlete. After all, the nuanced argument has no wrong answers, according to him. To drive his point further, he claims that NBA players can be compared to boxers. When a boxer beats their opponent, they become world champions.

“In boxing, there’s world champions; they’re just individuals. On the NBA level, it’s a team. We’re still world champions—we’re beating the best of the best to be rightfully called the world champions.”

Paul George

The fans are complaining about whether George’s take is even considerable. They claim that he’s contradicting himself by playing both sides. Both sides have great points, and their achievements are as valid as one another. Furthermore, the NBA community will know if the players will be fit to be called world champions since LeBron James promised he’ll join Team USA next season.

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