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Metta World Peace fires back at Stephen A. Smith for LeBron James ‘softest era’ rant

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Metta World Peace has already made it clear who he thinks is the greatest basketball player of all time. So, when ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith said Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James would never be the greatest player of all time because he plays in “the softest era we have ever seen in NBA basketball,” Metta came to The King’s defense. And as anyone who has ever watched him play will tell you, that’s exactly what he’s good at. 

World Peace took to Twitter to defend the Lakers star by mentioning his own experience playing in the league during the era that Smith called as the “softest ever.”

It’s hard to argue against World Peace being able to play during the 1980s and 1990s along with physical teams like the Detroit Pistons. If there’s anyone who is known for his physicality and toughness on the court, it’s probably the man formerly known as Ron Artest.

In his career, he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and he was a member of the All Defensive First Team twice and the All Defensive Second Team twice. He established himself as one of the greatest defenders of his era, and he was never afraid to mix it up.

World Peace, who won a championship with the Lakers 10 years ago, has a point in claiming that his era shouldn’t be diminished just because players in the league now rely more on skill and finesse, with shooting considered as the most valuable asset.

It’s also fair to point out that James didn’t actually come from today’s era, as he has been in the league for 17 years. The fact that he remains dominant to this day is a testament to his greatness, and we all know he would have been able to dominate in any era.