Should the NBA Champion be called World Champion?

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Old 03-10-2009, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As I was browsing on Celtics.com page I saw this



I had already seen similar statements but I think that USA is not the whole World. The NBA may be the best championship around, but as its name suggests it's just another National championship. Nobody has given the right to the NBA to be a World champion or something.

If there was kind of a Basketball Club World Championship (as it exists in football) or an international tournament (such as the McDonald's Championship in the past), yes the winner would be the world champion, but now it is not.

For instance in football (or soccer if you prefer ) The English Premiership or the Spanish La Liga are the best championships. But their champion is just the English, or the Spanish Champion as it should be. The same applies for the UEFA Champions League. It is by far the most prestigious sport competition in the world. But still the winner is just the European Champion.

I think it is very selfish to call your national champion World champion.

What do you think?


PS.I think that sometime in the future the should be a World Championship featuring the NBA winner, the Euroleague winner and even the Asian,Australian,African and South American champions ( to be more fair and democratic). It should be held somewhere in Japan or China for instance and be played with FIBA ir mixed rules. And then the winner will have the right to be called World Champion.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is an easy question. The answer is 'no'.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yes. They are the best team in the undisputed best league in the world.. They have won the privilege to call themselves whatever they want.
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yes. They are the best team in the undisputed best league in the world.. They have won the privilege to call themselves whatever they want.
That is a bit silly. The only privilege they have earned is to call themselves NBA Champions. Which should be enough.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is, I just wanted to disagree with you. Devil's advocate.
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Old 03-10-2009, 12:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The current basketball world champions are Spain not the Celtics. The Celtics are the best club team in the world, probably, but until they go thru the motions of beating other continental champions they should only be reffering to themselves as the nba champions.
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No.

NBA teams compete in their league... not in World Championship.
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It is, I just wanted to disagree with you. Devil's advocate.
I know.
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Tillsonburg > Hoopdome :|
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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No way they should be called World Champions. I've said that about MLB as well. One team representing one city should never be called World Champions.
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Worlds best talent = world champs

plain and simple, dont over think it
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No way they should be called World Champions. I've said that about MLB as well. One team representing one city should never be called World Champions.
MLB is different. Educate yourself.
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Old 03-10-2009, 01:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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No, no, no.

Does the team that wins the champions league call themselves the World Champion?

Pure ignorance.
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I didn't mean it in a snarky way.... just saying there was a legitimate reason why they call it that.... you should look it up.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:05 PM   #17 (permalink)
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is if spain is the world champs, what is team usa?? Only olympic champs?? isnt the olympics bigger then the world championships??
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Team cannot win one championship and claim that they are champion for something else... NBA is a basketball league like many other in the World... is it the best and most competitive... yes, but still it's only a league.

This is very simple so read slowly because it's very important...


Russia won European Champions and they are European Champions
Spain won World Championship hence they are World Champions
USA won Gold Medal in Olympics so they are Olympic Champions
Boston Celtics won NBA Finals and they are nothing more then NBA Champions.

See, it all makes sense and it's very easy..
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:17 PM   #19 (permalink)
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team usa obv the best team there, the champ is here!
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Nice, I just wanted to see if I am paranoid or if it is how people think.
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