Former NBA champion and Lakers star Metta World Peace calls San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan the second greatest player of all time.
Ron Artest, or as he is known now, Metta World Peace, has always been a bit of an odd character. During his NBA career, he was known as one of the better role players in the league.
However, he was equally known for his propensity to pull off something unexpected, like his role in the infamous ‘Malice at the Palace’. Since the end of his playing career, the 41-year-old has made hot takes on several basketball podcasts.
One of the most known of these takes is his claim that Bill Russell is the greatest player to ever lace up. And for obvious reasons, he received quite a bit of backlash from fans at the time.
However, it seems that the former player hasn’t learned from his previous experience at all. In another podcast appearance, Metta World Peace has made another claim that has angered the NBA community.
Metta World Peace ranks Spurs legend Tim Duncan second in the GOAT debate
Yes, you read the heading right. Metta World Peace has indeed managed to shock the world once again with his hot takes.
In an appearance on the show ‘Fierce Talk’, the former defensive player of the year brought up the skillset and greatness of Tim Duncan. And fans were completely with him until he said this.
Lakers Champ Metta World Peace: “Tim Duncan is the second greatest basketball player that ever lived.” pic.twitter.com/EHukynRf4B
— 👑 Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) April 22, 2021
Tim Duncan is undoubtedly one of the greatest players to have ever graced a basketball court. After all, he is a 5-time NBA champion, 2-time MVP, 3-time Finals MVP, and was included in the All NBA team 15 times. The now 44-year-old is also considered arguably the greatest power forward of all time.
However, placing him ahead of the likes of Michael Jordan or LeBron James is something just can’t seem to agree with.
Still, Metta World Peace likely saw the backlash coming even before he made the statement. And if the former player still believed in his take enough to make it public, perhaps fans should consider laying off him for having an off-beat opinion.