Former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta Sandiford-Artest recently challenged YouTube star Jake Paul on Twitter, but the tweet has since been deleted.
Metta Sandiford-Artest's now-deleted tweet calling out @jakepaul
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Artest’s challenge involves playing one on one in a sport that he’s more than familiar with.
Rather than go in the ring with Paul, who had knocked out former NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson in a boxing match on Saturday, Sandiford-Artest is interested in taking on his would-be opponent on the basketball court.
In contrast to the diminutive Robinson, who is only 5-foot-9, the man formerly known as Metta World Peace is a giant by ordinary human standards at 6-foot-7.
Sandiford-Artest would dwarf Paul, who stands 6-foot-1, if they ever met on the court.
It remains to be seen if Paul will respond to Sandiford-Artest’s dare even though the tweet is no longer available.
One of the toughest competitors on the court during his heyday, Sandiford-Artest is a former All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year and was named to four All-Defensive teams.
He won his only championship with the Lakers in 2010, playing with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
He retired in 2017 after playing 17 seasons in the league.