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Bodog gives Ron Artest 10-1 odds to win 'Dancing With the Stars'

Ron Artest

There are plenty of ways to throw your money down the drain. You can continue investing in the stock market. You can suddenly decide that right now is the best time to sell your house. You can bet on Ron Artest winning "Dancing With the Stars."

As mentioned by Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin, Bodog.com tabs Artest with 10-1 odds to win in the show beginning Sept. 18, putting him at equal billing with actor David Arquette. Considering Arquette often showed up to Laker games last season obnoxiously drunk and horribly dressed, it's not exactly a compliment. Then again, we're talking about Artest, who performed in a series of standup comedy shows where he just made fun of himself the whole time.

Artest clearly knows he doesn't have a shot against "Leverage's" Elisabetta Canalis (4-1), "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" Carson Kressley (4-1) and "The Hills'" Kristin Cavallari (5-1). He admitted, after all, last month that he can't dance. But for the sake of cancer research and making compulsive gamblers think they can cash in on Artest's success, he's surely vested in advancing. Until, of course, he trips in the opening round.

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Ron Artest says he still wants to play for the Cheshire Jets

Ron Artest Ron Artest doesn't want to part ways with the British Basketball League's Cheshire Jets just yet.

It's only been three weeks since he boasted to The Times, "I'm definitely playing for the Jets." But plenty of cold water has poured on that possibility. Artest postponed his planned trip to the U.K. from Aug. 18-23, his agent David Bauman said, partly because of the team's failure to offer insurance. Bauman has since said Artest won't join the Jets should they refuse insurance. And, oh yeah, it just became official that Artest will be featured on "Dancing with the Stars," beginning Sept. 19.

Artest maintains his plans won't alter.

"I'm going to be with the Jets after Thanksgiving," Artest said in a phone interview. "After Dancing with the Stars, I'm going to go with the Jets."

Those wondering how Artest can fit this in his schedule may have legitimate concerns on how he'll be able to juggle everything. But from a scheduling standpoint, Artest says it's still possible. He's planning to play in three exhibition games Sept. 7 - 11 with the Loimaa Bisons, a professional basketball team in Finland. That gives him eight days to prepare for Dancing with the Stars, which has 19 episodes running through Nov. 21, according to TV.com. Even though the Jets' schedule begins Sept. 30 and runs through April 22, 2012, Artest won't join the team after Thanksgiving on Nov. 24 or whenever he's eliminated from the show.

Of course, Artest's itinerary assumes the NBA won't reach a collective bargaining agreement before that time and the Jets can suddenly offer insurance.

"We're working that out," Artest said regarding the insurance. "That's why we have to wait on it. We're working that out. By Thanksgiving, it will be ready."

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--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest goes for the steal against Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki in the first half of Game 1 on May 2 at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times 

Ron Artest says he'll pay parking tickets to become Metta World Peace

Ron Artest

We all thought last week that World Peace would finally arrive -- in the form of Ron Artest legally changing his name to Metta World Peace, of course.

Artest sent out tweets indicating he'd have a barbecue to celebrate his proposed name change. Lakers fans anticipated having to buy a new jersey. Reporters came to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to hear the outcome of the petition.

But World Peace was put on hold, a court official said, because "Ron has to clear outstanding traffic warrants" before his next scheduled hearing on Sept. 16. Artest said in a phone interview that he wasn't too bummed about the news, adding "We're going to BBQ on the 16th."  

First things first regarding his two undisclosed parking citations.

"I'll pay them off," said Artest, who added that neither citation was related to last summer's incident in which he was pulled over for driving a race car without proper registration. "I didn't take classes on how to pay parking tickets. I'm taking classes. Anything you don't know, you have to learn in college. Just don't park at meters you're not supposed to park at."

Lakers fans planning to buy a new Artest jersey may want to consider that there may be even more changes on the way. In addition to planning to change his number to 70 next season, Artest said at some later point he also wants to change his number to 89. The reason, he said, is related to Martin Luther King Jr., who once said, "Without justice, there is no peace."

"7089 was Martin Luther King's jail numbers when he was locked up," Artest said. "It's about fighting for what's right. It's about peace. It's about sticking together. You see it now. You see a lot of youth sticking together. It's all about letting them understand to stick together."

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-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Ron Artest. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press / October 13, 2010

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

Ron Artest Concerns over his poor dance moves and mobility quickly evaporated for Ron Artest as soon as he talked with his 8-year-old daughter Diamond.

She's the only one who the Lakers forward said could convince him to appear on "Dancing With the Stars."

"She said, 'Daddy, you can do it,' " Artest recalled Monday in a phone interview. "It's going to be fun."

It wasn't just a case of Artest being unable to say no to his daughter. At age 4 in 2007, Diamond was diagnosed with wilms tumor, Artest said, a kidney cancer that affects children. So in honor of his daughter successfully fighting the illness, Artest said he plans to donate the money he earns on "Dancing with the Stars" to the Cancer Research Foundation.

That will include the $125,000 Artest said he's making for appearing on the show beginning Sept. 19 and any additional money he earns should he advance in each round.

"That's the only reason I'm doing it," Artest said. "I'm doing it for a cause."

Artest's decision to join the show deviates from comments he made last season and this off-season. In March, Artest said he'd want to lose in the first round because "I don't want to put my hips in a situation where I'm looking like Rick Fox." Only a month ago after a stand-up comedy appearance, Artest said, "I play defense. I don't know if I dance." And late Sunday evening his publicist, Courtney Barnes, appeared amused in a series of text messages when asked whether Artest would join the show. Said Barnes: "He can't dance."

That's why Artest said he and his unnamed partner have begun taking lessons and he plans to consult boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., who lasted four rounds in 2007 during the show's fifth season.

"I'm doing the Cha-cha my first week," Artest said.  "We're going to get past [the first round]. I want to work hard and see where it takes me. I don't know how far I'm going to go, but I'm going to try."

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--Mark Medina

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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 

Ron Artest to appear on "Dancing With the Stars"

Ron ArtestRon Artest is about to embark on a new venture far more complicated and difficult than learning the triangle offense.

He's going to appear on ABC's hit show "Dancing With the Stars," as announced on Bachelor Pad. (The Times' Yvonne Villareal has a complete rundown on the cast.) Considering his many public proclamations that he doesn't know how to dance, Artest's appearance might increase the entertainment value. It'll be like seeing Artest trip over his feet while running a fast break, or taking an ill-advised three-pointer.

As Artest said earlier this summer: "I play defense. I don't know if I dance."

Artest's agent, David Bauman, and publicist, Courtney Barnes, didn't return calls for comment, but it's safe to wonder whether Artest's appearance on "Dancing With the Stars" would affect his availability for other future endeavors.

He originally planned to play an unspecified number of exhibition games with the Loimaa Bisons, a professional basketball team in Finland, during one week in September. That remains unclear, however, considering "Dancing with the Stars" begins Sept. 18.

Despite ongoing concerns whether the team would cover his insurance, Artest still remained open to playing overseas with the British Basketball League's Cheshire Jets. Their season begins Sept. 30 and runs through next April, but Artest told The Times in mid-August that he won't join the team until late November because of the aforementioned appearance in Finland. 

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Ron Artest. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press / October 13, 2010

Lakers Chat: Should Ron Artrest appear on Dancing with the Stars?

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Ron Artest plays pickup basketball at UCLA

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We will have a live chat at 4 p.m. Bring your questions!

--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn observed Ron Artest play in a recent pickup game at UCLA. 

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Artest couldn't legally change his name yet to Metta World Peace. Turner also takes a look at the various public figures who have changed their names.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer is willing to wait for World Peace to come Sept. 16. 

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Palmer reports that Matt Barnes was one of several NBA players to compete in pickup basketball at Venice Beach this weekend. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with TrueHoop's Henry Abbott about Kobe Bryant's career. Don't get upset, Laker fans. Abbott admires Bryant's work ethic too. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe expresses amusement over Artest trying to change his jersey number. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details Jordan Farmar's warm reception by joining Maccabi Tel Aviv. 

--Fox Sports' A.J. Perez argues the various summer-league exhibition games serve as nothing more than a tease. 

--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Jason Smith notes that Luke Walton was heavily involved in the Tigers' recent practice. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down how the Lakers operated last season in the post. 

Tweet of the Day: "Best part of Ron Artest name change is chance we'll hear "Matt Barnes checks in for the Lakers...Peace out." -- jaadande (ESPN.com's J.A. Adande)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:

"Agreed 1000%. That's what makes Kobe Bryant so very very special. Dude will play through nearly any injury, works constantly at the game, does not let little bs get in his way, and has phenomenal confidence. I admire his work ethic greatly." -- Jennifer King Schlickbernd

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest takes the court before a game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center last spring. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / April 12, 2011)

Ron Artest on 'Dancing with the Stars'? Maybe, maybe not

Ron Artest

There's almost nothing Ron Artest isn't willing to do.

The Lakers forward conducted a comedy tour this summer, making fun of himself in vulgar fashion. He has expressed giddiness about playing for the British Basketball League's Cheshire Jets despite the team's financial limitations and nondescript nature. He offered a memorable news conference in which he thanked his psychologist following his Game 7 performance of the 2010 NBA Finals. He auctioned off his championship ring for charity. He tried legally changing his name to Metta World Peace.

However, it remains unclear if Artest can add an appearance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" to his list of unique off-court ventures. Various Internet reports suggested he will be named Monday as part of the cast for the show's 13th season, but Artest's publicist, Courtney Barnes, expressed doubt about that possibility in numerous text messages. 

"I know nothing about him appearing on DWTS," Barnes wrote in one message.

In a separate text, Barnes also joked about Artest: "He can't dance."

This isn't the first time Artest has been linked to possibly appearing on the show, which features celebrity dance competitors. In July, various Internet reports suggested the same thing, but Artest said he hadn't been contacted about appearing. "I haven't thought about it yet," he said last month after a comedy show performance at the Brea Improv. I like the show. Obviously, you have to dance. I play defense. I don't know if I dance."

Appearing on the show would also conflict with any venture with the Jets, though Artest's agent, David Bauman, recently expressed skepticism about the latter possibility because of the team's apparent inability to offer insurance.

Should Artest join the show, it would deviate somewhat from comments he made last season, when he told me he couldn't bear an extended run on the series.

"I'd want to go, but I'd want to lose in the first round. 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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-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Ron Artest onstage as standup comic. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Ron Artest seeking more details on outstanding traffic warrants

Ron Artest

Instead of throwing a barbecue to celebrate his name change to Metta World Peace, Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to navigate the legal system.

With outstanding traffic warrants preventing Artest from legally changing his name, the Lakers forward wants copies of the citations and will pay them if "it's found they are unpaid," according to a person close to Artest who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

It was expected that the name change would be made official at a hearing Friday morning at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, but Artest's next court date was scheduled for Sept. 16 because of the unspecified traffic citations. Artest was issued two tickets for "moving violations," according to the person, but wasn't informed how much they cost and what incidents earned him those citations.

The person doesn't believe that any of the citations was related to Artest's getting pulled over last summer for driving a race car without proper registration.

"He was definitely surprised the court believes these tickets are out," the person said of Artest. "If the tickets are found to be valid, Ron plans on paying them. He wants the name change to go forward without any additional delays." 

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Without justice, there can be no peace."

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Photo: Ron Artest. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Ron Artest isn't Metta World Peace yet

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Ron Artest is still Ron Artest. Reporters were told Friday morning at Stanley Mosk Courthouse that Artest, who was petitioning to legally change his name to Metta World Peace, will not be able to do so right away.

A court official said, "Ron has to clear outstanding traffic warrants" before a name change can take effect.

Before annoucement of the Lakers forward's outstanding warrants, it was expected that the name change would be made official Friday.

His next court date is set for Sept. 16.

More coming on latimes.com.

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Photo: Ron Artest. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

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