Metta World Peace claims ‘a lot of people don’t want’ to see him make it to the Hall of Fame
Former NBA tough guy Metta World Peace had quite a colorful career during his 17-year stint in the NBA. The 6-foot-6 swingman is by no means short of accolades, with his long list of achievements including one All-Star nod, one All-NBA team selection, an All-Rookie team selection, an All-Defensive team selection on four separate occasions, a Defensive Player of the Year award, and of course, one NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009-10 season.
However, in his mind, World Peace believes that despite his decorated career, he does not expect to be enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame anytime soon. According to the man formerly known as Ron Artest, more than a few people would strongly disagree with his potential inclusion in this most penultimate of selections.
“A lot of people don’t wanna see me in that Hall of Fame,” said Artest on The Red Pill Podcast, via Joseph Patrick of the International Business Times. “I never really was afraid to speak my mind. I never submitted to being that corporate person. I never gave a f–k. So, It’s gonna be hard to get in.”
It’s not like the 39-year-old is putting the blame on everyone else here, as he also understands that to some extent, he made his case quite difficult for himself with all his unprofessional antics on and off the court.
The last we saw Artest in the NBA was in the 2016-17 season in his final year with the Lakers. The former 16th overall pick holds career averages of 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks per contest.