Metta Sandiford-Artest, formerly known as Metta World Peace, has stirred up a lively debate in the basketball community with his ever-changing opinions on who holds the title of the NBA's Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). The former LA Lakers star, renowned for his tenacious defense and dynamic play, has been shifting his GOAT choices in a captivating manner, ranging from LeBron James to Steph Curry, and even Wilt Chamberlain.
Over the past two days, Sandiford-Artest, the ex-NBA Defensive Player of the Year, took to Twitter to share his evolving list of GOATs. Initially, he placed Kobe Bryant at the pinnacle, above the likes of LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Shaquille O'Neal.
Michael Jordan was absent from this list, sparking intrigue and discussion among fans.
Rapid Ranking Revisions
However, in less than five hours, Sandiford-Artest revised his rankings, elevating Wilt Chamberlain as his top pick and finally including Michael Jordan, with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James dropping to third and fourth respectively.
Magic Johnson's entry into the list led to Shaquille O'Neal being bumped off. The following day brought yet another shift. Steph Curry ascended to Sandiford-Artest's top spot, while Jordan maintained his second-place standing.
LeBron James moved up to third, Wilt Chamberlain fell to fourth, and Kobe Bryant rounded out the top five. But the changes didn't stop there. Just four hours later, Sandiford-Artest declared LeBron James as his new GOAT, citing James' accomplishments and comparing his impact on the game to Mozart's influence on music.
"His body of work is like Mozart. I like Mozart over Beethoven because Mozart's music is more street at times. Respectfully," Sandiford-Artest explained.
To conclude his day of declarations, Sandiford-Artest took a deep dive and named Tim Duncan as the greatest NBA player of all time.
Once king James retires , I think I’m cementing him as the number 1 player all time.
His body of work is like Mozart.
I like Mozart over Beethoven because Mozart music is more street at times. Respectfully — Metta World Peace (@MettaWorld37) November 9, 2023
He encouraged his followers to debate why the San Antonio Spurs legend shouldn't be considered the best ever. This ongoing discourse about the NBA's GOAT, fueled by Sandiford-Artest's tweets, has become a Crazy topic among basketball enthusiasts.
Interestingly, during an appearance on the "I Am Athlete" podcast last year, Sandiford-Artest offered a more stable top-five list, which included Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant, with LeBron James and Kobe contending for the fifth spot.
This interview is deemed more credible by some fans, as it was a direct and considered statement from Sandiford-Artest himself.