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Metta World Peace's first spin on Dancing with the Stars

The baller formerly known as Ron Artest, now renamed Metta World Peace, is a contestant on popular dancing reality show, Dancing With the Stars. How'd he do?

Per the Washington Post:

Perhaps Peace erred in going with the Rodman homage in his first spin on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night. Perhaps his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, let him down in the chemistry department. Perhaps he’s simply the worst dancer this side of Elaine Benes. Sweet fancy Moses, the NBA lockout cannot end quickly enough.

Because of footwork that a judge described as "atrocious," he managed a measly 14 points (out of 30) and, barring an epic rally, seems unlikely to be the next athlete to win the competition.

Ouch.  More hopeful, from the Huffington Post:

In his defense, we imagine doing the Cha Cha is difficult enough without having to maneuver a 6'7" 260 pound frame. But despite their large size, several athletes have delivered impressive performances on Dancing With The Stars, with Hines Ward of the Steelers actually taking home the title last season. Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith also won the contest in its third season.

Artest and ballroom dancing may seem like a bizarre combo, but anybody who knows anything about the Lakers star understands that he doesn't tend to stray towards the conventional. Touchingly, Artest revealed that he entered the contest for his 4-year-old daughter, who is a cancer survivor, with the aim of raising money for cancer research, which can give every viewer a reason to cheer him on.

Keep your head up, Ron Ron! I mean, Metta World! Cheer him on, St. John's fam!


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