Skip to main content

Metta World Peace snubs Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in his list of the Top 5 players of all time

Curiously, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal were missing in Metta World Peace's top five players of all time.
Metta World Peace snubs Magic, Larry Bird in his Top 5 players all time

Metta shared his reasons for his picks in an episode on a podcast, I Am An Athlete

Metta World Peace named his top five players of all time, with a few names we all expected but also some glaring snubs.

World Peace’s top five

Metta named his top five players of all time: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Bill Russell, and Wilt Chamberlain. He shared his reasons for his picks in an episode on a podcast, I Am An Athlete.

“My five [are] Bill Russell because you can’t beat him. He beat Wilt Chamberlain. I got Wilt Chamberlain number two, I just don’t know who could do what he could do. I got Wilt Chamberlain at number two, and they say he’s an older era, but it’s the same era that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was, and they played against each other.”

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The former Lakers forward also praised Shaquille O’Neal and his abilities but didn’t include him in his top five.

“Shaq don’t get enough credit for being one, he never gets talked about as being one of the best players ever. Like, you know, I think he can make a case that nobody could stop me, you know what I’m saying? But he’s not in my top five.”

The missing names in MWP’s list

The other players mentioned, James, Kobe, and MJ, were expected, but among those glaring omissions were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Shaquille O’ Neal, among others.

As someone who played in the Lakers uniform, it’s hard to miss Magic as a top-five player. The same can be said of Kareem and Bird. These three are almost always included in the greatest list of past and present players, if you ask most fans or other NBA players.

Rusell’s number of championships is hard to beat, but one could argue that he played in an era with lesser competition. The trifecta of James, Kobe, and MJ is a dream lineup for those who grew up in the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s.

Metta didn’t include Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, or even Tim Duncan on his list. What’s common in his selection is star appeal, and the number of championships won. His picks may be controversial, but it was his to call.

Kaith Van Horn

“I think he was pretty satisfied with what he had” – Keith Van Horn could have been a great player but chose not to become one

Based on Byron Scott’s description, Keith had what it takes and he often “worked hard” during team practices and gym workouts. However, he “never went the extra mile.”

American actor Ben Stiller

“I’ll be in my mid-60s by the time this team rebuilds” - Ben Stiller on being a New York Knicks fan

Stiller summed up the experience of being a Knicks fan: “Who would want this pain? Who would want to feel that frustration?”

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

The difference between Michael Jordan's and LeBron James' diet and workout regime

Michael Jordan and LeBron James' diets are similar to each other but the way they recover and workout is different.

Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird

"Score meant very little, but a lot of talking going on, a lot of fun." - Larry Bird learned trash-talking from black men working at a local hotel

In the process, Bird developed a genuine off-the-court relationship with most of them, particularly a guy whom he called “Slim.”

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant

Brian Windhorst on Kevin Durant potentially holding out — “I can see it. That’s what we’re headed towards”

Several recent developments turned Durant's potential holdout from unlikely to very possible.

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings goes off on the state of the NBA - “It’s only a couple of guys in the NBA that love the game”

Jennings' opinions are certainly divisive, but it's clear that without change the NBA would get stale, and that's why it's necessary to continue exploring ways to evolve the game