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Ron Artest's next adventure: 'Dancing With the Stars'?

July 27, 2011 |  9:27 am

Ron Artest/Dancing with the StarsThere's rarely been a dull moment this season for Lakers forward Ron Artest.

Whether it's playing sandball with fans, taking up stand-up comedy or, of course, keeping his Twitter account active, Artest hasn't found it difficult to keep himself busy.

In addition to remaining open to playing overseas in Europe (as is everyone these days), the next adventure involves possibly appearing on "Dancing With the Stars," according to various Internet reports.

Artest's agent, David Bauman, didn't return phone calls and emails seeking comment on Artest's interest. But should Artest actually join the show it would deviate somewhat from comments he made during last season, when he told me he couldn't bear an extended run on the hit ABC show.

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

Artest surely has a weird sense of logic, but there was reasoning behind it.

"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."


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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest tries to drive past Sacramento's Donte Greene in the Lakers' regular-season finale on April 13. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images