The Americans still cannot come to terms with the fact that they won the fourth place at MundoBasket. Perhaps this is the reason for excessive expectations and results that Americans are used to. Passions do not calm down even after two weeks, an avalanche of comments on social networks, everyone tries to explain such a bad result of the first favorite of Mundobasket.
If you ask Damian Lillard, the world champions are the Denver Nuggets. And Nikola Jokić, who led them to a championship ring in the NBA. It doesn't matter that the Americans finished only in fourth place at the World Championship in the Philippines, in Lillard's opinion, Denver can call itself the champion of the planet.
Are the basketball players of the Denver Nuggets NBA champions or world champions? If you ask Damian Lillard, he has no dilemma: they are the world champions.
Lillard believes that the NBA league is above all other competitions, so he believes that whoever wins the NBA is also the best in the world
- NBA champions are world champions.
The best players in the world play in the NBA, put them in any other league against the best team and that team will get run over. "I don't understand this debate," Lillard said. A somewhat funny statement because they certainly cannot call themselves world champions.
Especially since the selection of the United States of America won only fourth place at the recently concluded World Championship in the Philippines. The whole debate about the world champion, that is, the NBA champion, was started by athlete Noah Lyles, who pointed out that it bothers him that basketball players who win an NBA ring are called world champions.
- World champion of what!? United States of America? You know what hurts me the most? When I watch the NBA finals, the sign 'world champions' hangs above their heads. World champions of what? Don't get me wrong. I really love my country USA.
And that sometimes... But it's not the world, it's not the world, we are the world. We have every country fighting here, the athletes carry their flag to show who they represent. "There are no flags in the NBA," Lyles said.