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After 'DWTS,' Metta World Peace on which Lakers are good dancers

September 22, 2011 | 10:34 am

Photo: Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd. Credit: Adam Taylor / Associated Press.  Metta World Peace acknowledged that he's a horrible dancer, and suggested that some of his Lakers teammates would fare better than he did on "Dancing with the Stars."

In an interview (see video below), World Peace said Pau Gasol would be "awesome" on the show and that Lamar Odom would "definitely do well." He added that Josh Powell "can really dance." As for Kobe Bryant, he "would probably do OK," World Peace said

Even though World Peace was the first celebrity eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday evening, he said he's not going to hang up his size 12 dancing shoes. In fact, he said, now he's taking ballet lessons.

"I can go to the club right now and really get it on," he said at the Grammy Museum on Wednesday after an event to donate $285,000 to mental health charities. "I couldn't say that for myself a long time ago."

 As for his name change, which became official last Friday, the former Ron Artest said he's surprised that it has caught on. He then compared it to an addiction.

"People like the name, they think it's cool," he said. "The same way they think smoking cigarettes is cool."

But which name does he use when he orders a pizza?

Not World Peace. (People would think he was messing with them.)

And not Ron Artest. (He said he's worried that someone would mess with his pizza.)

Instead, he said, he uses "Mark Wahlberg." When asked why, he changed his mind and said he should use the name "Mark Jacobs."

"Somebody that's not real," he said of the 48-year-old major fashion designer.


Photos: Famous name changers

Ron Artest eats an entire orange

Ron Artest to donate money earned on "Dancing With the Stars" to cancer research

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd. Credit: Adam Taylor / Associated Press