I defy anyone to walk away from a conversation that features the one and only Metta World Peace talking about Jeremy Lin, which is precisely what he did with Ken Berger of CBS Sports before his Lakers lost to Lin's Knicks on Friday.
Now, if I mentioned that this conversation included not only the man formerly known as Ron Artest talking about Lin but also a discussion about leather pants, then the interview would go from a must read to Must-See TV. The fact that World Peace doesn't have his own reality show yet is an absolute crime.
If you don't agree with me now, read this and tell me I am wrong.
Berger: Did the Lakers talk about him (Lin) in the locker room?
World Peace: 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.
That naturally drew a follow up.
Berger: Do you wear leather pants?
World Peace: 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 can read the rest of the interview here, but that little snippet tells you everything you will ever need to know about how entertaining this guy is.
He is completely unpredictable and as hilarious as everything sounds, I have never heard a word uttered by World Peace that I didn't think was 100 percent serious.
If he is telling Lin to wear leather pants, there is absolutely no doubt that World Peace has actually sat down for several minutes and thought about this. If he didn't think leather pants would really help Lin, then he wouldn't even joke about something like that.
Later in the same interview, he told Lin to sag his pants. As difficult as sagging leather pants would be, there is again no doubt that this was a well thought out answer.
I want more and feel genuinely cheated to not be granted that opportunity. World Peace telling Lin to wear leather pants needs to be the first instillation.
This is a man that I need to see grocery shop and put gas in his car. You would be hard pressed to find a more hilarious person in the sports world. That requires a television show.
Maybe we could have guest appearances from people like Lin, but this just needs to be a 24/7 type of deal. It is amazing how much someone can rehab his image, going from a leper in 2004 to a person that I want to see more of in 2012.
This has nothing to do with skills on the court, which is even crazier. It goes to show what happens when you're genuine.