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Ron Artest in talks to join Dancing with the Stars

Jul 27, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

Ron Artest

Ron Artest apparently wants to be the latest athlete to join a group of celebrities time has passed by trying desperately to revive their careers.

Artest, or Metta World Peace if you prefer, is in talks to join Dancing with the Stars, reports TMZ (and they pay good money to get these stories right, so you can bet it’s true).

Nothing’s official yet — but sources tell us, both Artest and “Dancing” producers have been in touch to hash out a possible deal … and Ron’s pretty excited about the prospect.

But here’s the catch — “Dancing” won’t end ’til November and basketball season typically starts in October … which means if the lockout ends early, Ron could be S.O.L.

That said, Ron could theoretically handle both commitments simultaneously — because as TMZ first reported, “Dancing” producers are desperate for A-list talent … so there will be NO minimum rehearsal requirement next season.

Ron Artest is “A” list talent?

It’s really the lockout that could be the snag — if it ends before taping is finished Metta World Peace would have to walk away from the show (no way he could handle both with the travel commitments of the NBA). We can debate the likeliness of the lockout ending by November if the two sides are not even talking as of today, but it could get solved by then and that would concern producers.

But Lakers fans shouldn’t worry, it’s not like major injuries to athletes happen on the show… oh yea, Misty May-Treanor blew out her Achilles and had to take more than a year away from her sport. And there have been plenty of turned ankles. So, there are risks for everyone.

But still, we kind of want to see this. Mostly for the train wreck potential.

  1. carlos23skype - Jul 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Just register :)

  2. involvement82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Ron artest will brings fans and he will sex his dance partner

  3. muhangis - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    More evidence that the Lakers need to trade him (that’s if he has any trade value left.)

  4. autoprt8 - Sep 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    i’m so tired of people always talking about trading ron ron, why? without him the season would be totally boring and last year the lakers were just tired and d-fish’s age really showed in the playoffs. blake was supposed take over duties for fish and it didn’t happen. bottom line is we need a star PG and use fish as a back up for 2nd unit.

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