Metta World Peace: LA Lakers Nut Job Will Impress on Dancing with the Stars

As the great William Shakespeare might well have said, had he lived in 2011 and been a fan of Dancing With the Stars:

All the (Metta) World's a stage,
And all the men and women merely playas;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man, Ron Artest, in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven head cases.

That's certainly as Ron Artest Metta World Peace likes it. The mercurial madman for the Los Angeles Lakers will take his talents to the dance floor tonight as a contestant on ABC's beloved celebrity talent show and will steal the spotlight, as he tends to invariably do with everything in his life.

Peace's reach has already extended far beyond the basketball court. Aside from being a fan fighter and an NBA champion, Peace (it still doesn't sound right) has managed to reinvent himself several times over—as a recording artist, a TV producer, a spokesman for PETA, the face of mental health awareness in America, and even the subject of an art exhibition.

Indeed, Peace is a lovable bada--. Say what you will of his exploits while in the national spotlight, but you've got to admit that the guy is entertaining (albeit in an often times awkward and discomforting way).

Like a bigger, stronger and crazier Larry David.

As far as DWTS is concerned, Peace has as good a chance as any of coming away victorious, or at least putting up a respectable performance. In 12 previous seasons, athletes have won six times, finished runner-up four times and claimed third place twice.

And for good reason. World-class athletes like Peace have the stamina and conditioning to survive five- and six-hour days of dancing, the agility to pull off difficult maneuvers, and the footwork to tear up the floorboards.

Peace's stiffest competition figures to be Hope Solo, the gorgeous goalkeeper for the US Women's soccer team who ascended to the top of the nation's collective con...

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