Recently, gold medal sprinter Noah Lyles reflected on NBA stars who call themselves “world champions” after winning the NBA title, pointing out that being the last team standing in a U.S.-based league United does not justify such distinctions. Lyles’ comments received widespread attention from players, leading to heated debate. And the first to come to the runner’s defense is Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The American sprinter Noah Lylesworld champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m this summer, received a lot of negative reactions when he questioned why professional athletes in a league like the NBA in the United States called themselves world champions. Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Aaron Gordon, Tyrese Haliburton as well as other players in the league did not appreciate the release of Lyles and let him know on social media. A relentlessness that Giannis Antetokounmpo did not understand.
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Antetokounmpo defends Lyles
Indeed, the star of Bucks discussed comments from Lyles during an interview with the podcast 48 minutes and showed real support for the 26-year-old athlete: “ I wanted to support him so much. He received so much criticism for stating the obvious. But I think some people don’t understand… Maybe it’s arrogance. There is no other sport where you are called ‘world champion’ in this way. In football, a sport more important and more popular than the NBA, in the Champions League, they don’t say ‘world champion’. At the World Cup on the other hand, when they play against Team USA, and countries from all over the world, there they say ‘world champion’. » declared the two-time Greek MVP.
“The debate doesn’t even exist”
« In the end, to have the title of world champion, you have to beat the world. I understand that the NBA is the best league in the world. And the talent in the NBA is the best you’re going to see in your life. The debate doesn’t even exist. But you can’t say you’re world champion because you play in the best league in the world “, has followed Antetokounmpo. « I might get some negative reactions because of this, but I really don’t care. I completely agree with him (Lyles). » Enough to give a little balm to the heart Noah Lyleswho for several days thought he had alienated the entire NBA.