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Ron Artest -- In Talks with 'Dancing w/ the Stars'

7/27/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron Artest has a back-up plan in case the NBA lockout torpedoes next season -- we're told, Mr. World Peace is currently in talks with "Dancing with the Stars" ... and is seriously thinking about competing.

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Nothing's official yet -- but sources tell us, both Artest and "Dancing" producers have been in touch to hash out a possible deal ... and Ron's pretty excited about the prospect.

But here's the catch -- "Dancing" won't end 'til November and basketball season typically starts in October ... which means if the lockout ends early, Ron could be S.O.L.

That said, Ron could theoretically handle both commitments simultaneously -- because as TMZ first reported, "Dancing" producers are desperate for A-list talent ... so there will be NO minimum rehearsal requirement next season.

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sonny    

1st

1151 days ago
2.

Cartman    

I thought he renamed himself as Whirled Peas.

1151 days ago
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videogamingtown    

is he really an A-Lister? Who is he?

1151 days ago
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Chef Jack Tripper    

When did TMZ become a sports website? Stop with this garbage. Even reality stars stories are more interesting than this nonsense.

1151 days ago
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omegabeta    

First off, should "first-to-report" creds be boasted about on a story regarding Dancing With The Star's practice schedule?

Secondly, Mr. Worldpeace (he said it was supposed to be one word, non?) is a brilliant marketing whore. Like, Oprah good.

1151 days ago
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DatDogBitez    

I hear Ron comes up a bit short... in dancing talent, I mean, of course. :|

1151 days ago
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Chris    

Another reason not to watch the show.

1151 days ago
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Chris    

Hopefully he won't go into the audience and beat any fans like he has in the past.

1151 days ago
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two cents    

Who IS he and why is he considered Alister? Please. Just the same old stuff from DWTS. I'll pass.

1151 days ago
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some guy    

I hope Metta W.P. flattens the feet of his dancing partner into pancakes with his dancing shoes. I'd Lol

1151 days ago
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Justin    

Is he really what producers consider to be an A-list celebrity? Seems like another season I wont be watching.

1151 days ago
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Kathy    

Well, there goes DWTS promise of real stars on the dance floor.

1151 days ago
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steven    

good to DWTS is not gonna get D-listers anymore they've now moved on to F-listers

1151 days ago
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Dragon Tattoo    

This guy is "A" list? who is he?

1151 days ago
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MeMe    

and this is DWTS idea of A-List stars?...guess I will tune out this season then...

1151 days ago
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