While most NBA players are debating on whether they should play in Europe during the NBA lockout, bad boy Ron Artest is taking his talents to the dance floor.
With ABC casting the new season of the reality competition, Artest is up for the challenge… kind of, “I’d want to go,” Artest said, “but I’d want to lose in the first round.”
Artest has showed his musical side before releasing his own rap single after the LA Lakers won the 2010 NBA Championship, but Artest is not so sure about dancing, “I don’t want to put my hips in a situation where I’m looking like Rick Fox,” Artest said. “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.”
Always looking for an excuse to party… the city of Pittsburgh is holding a rally to congratulate Hines Ward on winning the 12th season of Daning With The Stars. Though he won back in May, he will be honored as he should be with a rally and celebration at the City County Building on Thursday.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said, “City residents and the Steelers Nation have contacted my office asking for the city to properly thank our hometown hero for once-again shining the spotlight on Pittsburgh.”
Joining Ward at the ceremony will be his dancing partner Kym Johnson, and the day will be officially deemed Hines Ward and Kym Johnson Day.
“I am back to thank the city of Pittsburgh and Steelers Nation for all their support during Dancing With the Stars,” Ward said in a statement. “I wanted to win this trophy for the city of champions and for the greatest fans in the world.”
Hines Ward may be the favorite to win Dancing With The Stars, but let’s not discredit Mike Tyson. The notorious boxer is on the Argentina version of the dance competition show and turning heads with his dance partner and wife Lakhia Spicer .
ABC announced the newest contestants on the 12th season of Dancing With The Stars, and the sports world is strongly representing. Hines Ward, Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Sugar Ray will all battle it out for the Crystal Ball Trophy.
Although the season hasn’t even started, Baskett was named as the season favorite to win the season. The oddsmaker site Bodog.com put Baskett’s chances at 3:1.
When asked about the upcoming season, Baskett told E!, “It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. I’m almost back to my prebaby body so I’m excited for all the costumes! I’ve always loved the show, so its really cool I get to be on it. I have a competitive streak in me so I’m so excited to compete!”
I wonder if Kendra’s routines will consist of a pole? Good luck to Kendra, Hines && Sugar Ray!