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Lakers Q&A: Ron Artest on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Malice at the Palace [Video]

March 28, 2011 |  1:57 pm

Hanging out by his locker, Lakers forward Ron Artest relaxed in his chair and made small talk with a few reporters sitting nearby.

Conversation quickly shifted to his recent on-court energy. He blew kisses to the Staples Center crowd and kissed his biceps during the Lakers' 139-137 triple-overtime victory last week over Phoenix. He followed that up with a mix of successful and failed dunks in the Lakers' 112-104 victory Friday over the Clippers. And prior to the Lakers' 102-84 victory Sunday over New Orleans, he promised an undisclosed on-court celebration.

That moment never came.

Artest posted a solid 11 points on four-of-six shooting and didn't make any boneheaded decisions. But he didn't make any memorable ones, either. So it looks like that moment will have to wait. Even if Artest is keeping his future antics a secret, it's safe to rule out at least one: He probably won't be performing any interesting on-court dances. After all, in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, he passionately stated why he'd be reluctant to appear on "Dancing With the Stars."

"I'd want to go," Artest said, "but I'd want to lose in the first round."

I asked him why he'd want to lose.

"I don't want to put my hips in a situation where I'm looking like Rick Fox," Artest said with a smile. "Rick Fox is a great dancer, but I don't want to put my hips in a situation where people are questioning whether I'm a rapper or a singer."

Check out Part 2 of Artest answering fan questions in the video below.

--Mark Medina

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