by Zettler Clay
Oh Metta. Just as the world can’t seem to get enough of Jeremy Lin, the man formerly known as Ron Artest chimed in with his unique brand of insight. Here are his words with Ken Berger of CBSSports.com before the Lakers tipped off in Madison Square Garden on Friday:
“He was pretty good (on Lin’s brief stay in Golden State). He was athletic. You saw that, but it wasn’t converted to his game. But now he’s playing ball now. He’s showing why he’s a good player. If he had that Ron Artest in his prime defense on him, that would’ve been a problem. That would’ve been a major problem. I don’t even think Metta World Peace wants to see that.”
Oh it gets better. How should he adjust to his new fame, Mr. Metta?
“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.”
So…who was doing the welcoming in MSG?