In a league where players are known for their off-court style and swag, Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, believes Jeremy Lin is in need of a fashion overhaul. After playing only four games with the Knicks, Lin has become the league’s latest sensation. Fans have been blown away by his basektball skills but in the eyes of World Peace, he still needs work on his style game. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com shared this Q&A with World Peace, where he described the necessary components for Lin’s NBA makeover: a new haircut, a pair of shades and leather pants.
“Do we talk about him? Yeah, we talk about him. We think he needs a better haircut. I don’t like that style. You’re in New York, the fashion capital. Change your haircut, OK? You’re a star now. Wear some shades. Shades, OK? Put down the nerdy Harvard book glasses. Put on some black shades, OK? With some leather pants. Change your style. Fashion.”
“No, I won’t wear them, but he should wear leather pants. He’s the type of guy who should wear leather pants, some nice shoes and change his fashion. You’re Jeremy Lin, for godsakes. You know what I’m saying? You know? Put down that law book, stop reading the New York Times and start reading the Daily News. Newsday, that’s the one. I like that one because there’s always color in that one. What else? Wall Street Journal. Get some swag. You’re in New York City. Put your hat to the back, too. Put your hat on backwards. Come to practice with your pants sagging and just tell them, ‘I don’t feel like practicing.’ Practice? You know? Practice? And wear an Iverson jersey. You know? Come to practice with a cigar. Lit. ‘I’m Jeremy Lin.’ You know? He should change. We’re all excited to play tonight. It’s like the first time for everybody. Everybody’s excited. Kobe’s excited. He wants to get 50. He wants to welcome Jeremy Lin to his new level.”
World Peace is one of the NBA’s most colorful characters. His sartorial selections often mirror his wild antics, especially when visiting Late Night talk shows. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, his wardrobe has included everything from a fake beard, cowboy hat and t-shirt ensemble to nothing other than boxer shorts. With fashionistos Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler as teammates, Lin has all the style council he needs at his fingertips. Taking fashion advice from World Peace? That’s just plain INsanity.