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Metta World Peace gets acting gig on BET show

Ron Artest/Metta World Peace

The NBA faces plenty of consequences the longer this lockout lasts.

Some point to compensation: The loss of paychecks will hurt far more for concession and team employees than the owners and players. Some point to entertainment value: The NBA at least temporarily hurts its product to fans, while they can't get their pro basketball fix. But there's one tiny silver lining: Metta World Peace will continue to appear in the headlines for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball.

The latest: The player formerly known as Ron Artest announced on Twitter he will appear in his first acting gig at 7 p.m. Tuesday in BET's "Reed Between the Lines." Artest couldn't be immediately reached for comment, and his publicist didn't have immediate details on what his role will entail. But here's one morsel of news that will give Laker fans something to do during this long offseason. Tweeted Artest...err..World Peace: "More tv and movies coming!!!!"


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Magic Johnson criticizes Ron Artest's name change

Concerns about Ron Artest's distractions miss the point

Metta World Peace's daughter stars in music video

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Metta World Peace. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times.

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