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Pelicans star offers final verdict on if NBA Finals winners can call themselves ‘world champions’

Over the summer, track star Noah Lyles ruffled some feathers when he said NBA players did not have the right to call themselves “world champions” after winning the NBA Finals.

“I have to watch the NBA Finals, and they have world champion on their head. World champion of what?” Lyles said in August shortly after he won three gold medals at the world championships. “The United States? Don’t get me wrong. I love the U.S. at times, but that ain’t the world. That is not the world.”

He continued: “We are the world. We have almost every country out here fighting, thriving, putting on their flag to show they are represented. There ain’t no flags in the NBA. We got to do more. We got to be presented to the world.”

“The Olympics is definitely ‘world championship.’ 100%. Because it’s every country,” McCollum concluded.

McCollum will begin his quest for his first NBA, not world, championship when his Pelicans open their season against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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