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NBA Star Shawn Marion

TURNS DOWN

"Dancing with the Stars"

7/31/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dallas Mavericks star Shawn Marion isn't taking any chances with the NBA lockout -- in fact, he just turned down "Dancing with the Stars" ... to make sure he's free to practice with his team this fall.

Sources close to Shawn tell TMZ, "Dancing" sent him an official offer to appear on the show, but the NBA champ wants to make sure he's 100% available in case the lockout ends early ... so it's a no go.

"Dancing" would end in November and NBA season usually starts in October -- which could put Marion in a difficult position if the upcoming season isn't put on ice.

We're told Shawn is adamant ... he just doesn't wanna be caught with his pants down -- or in this case, his leotard.


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Cartman    

"Dancing with the Stars" is like "Jersey Shore" for sober people. But neither one is for intelligent people.

1090 days ago
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OKS    

It seems like more than half the stories here are about blacks who I never even heard of that just keep getting into trouble.
It this owned by BET? At least this guy won't let himself be whored out by that show which feature some of the bottom of the barrel - like the worthless Kardashians.

1090 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

"And please welcome, ladies and gentlemen, Shawn..er, no, nevermind. But be sure to watch him on the next episode of that dancing show!"

1090 days ago
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Anonymous527496    

I thought they were aiming to get some A-listers?

1090 days ago
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james    

So Shawn Marion is an A List Celebrity?? This version of DWTS is going to be star studded!!!!!!!!~

1090 days ago
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james    

I just loved SM in Top Gun, I mean Pretty Woman, I mean Titanic, I mean when he was the star of the team that won the NBA championship. Oh yeah, he is none of that. A-List!!!!!!

1090 days ago
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Superman    

Who would want to be on a show with the likes of Snooki, Mike Tyson, Rob Kartrashian?!? Someone obviously lied that DWTS was trying to get "A-lister" celebs and they didn't want the "D-listers" anymore.

1090 days ago
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DatDogBitez    

Wow. Sports celebrities I've never heard of... brothers (that I've never heard of) of low-life reality stars... this is going to be a fantastic season for DWTS! I wonder if they've asked Robin Williams' gardener to sign up? Or maybe the hoola-hoop champion of the world? Or possibly the guy who played Mr. Whipple who said "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin!".. oh wait, he died a few years ago. Oh, the possibilities are endless!

1090 days ago
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Jackie    

Who is he? and what is "dancing with stars about?

1090 days ago
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Mexica    

Good, they should be MOVIE or TV stars, not athletes........

1090 days ago
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some guy    

Rats can realize when a ship is sinking. Apparently, so does Shawn.

1090 days ago
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laffnbear    

who is this? If this is "A-List, What list would Jeff Bridges be on?

1090 days ago
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nicole    

Anyone know when ABC will release the names of the contestants?

1090 days ago
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Liz    

Guess he isn't as big of a publicity whore as his annoying boss Mark Cuban. He will do anything for attention.

1090 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

Being on this show makes seem soft especially a minority. Pumping up your career by being on this show only works certain people and makes others seem like they're poofs.

1090 days ago
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