Although the NBA has been in limbo since the Association imposed a Lockout on July 1, Los Angeles Lakers veteran forward Ron Artest has still a found a way to get his name in the headlines throughout the summer. Later this month the forward will have his name legally changed to Metta World Peace, he has also been in discussions to possibly compete in the next installment of ABC-TV series “Dancing With The Stars.” Now it appears that he is obsessed with the “Other Side Of The Pond” as the “Los Angeles Times” has reported that the veteran wants to play for the Cheshire Jets, a member of the British Basketball League if the work-stoppage has not ended by the start of the regular season. Artest told the paper “I’m definitely going to play for the Jets.”
The report states that Artest could become a media star in England, as the team will help him land opportunities in the music industry as well as on television. He might even become a character on a British Soap Opera. When Artest was asked whether he would want to be a Soap-Star, he replied “I went on Jimmy Kimmel in my underwear, so, of course I would do a soap opera. Hands down. When they told me I had the opportunity and asked if I wanted to do a soap opera, I said, ‘Of course, man.’ I’m not going to run away. When I was a kid, I wanted to be on TV. Why would I run away from being on TV.”
Artest told the paper he is just trying to make the best of a bad situation. He said “It’s a lockout. I can’t do anything. I play for the Lakers. I can’t play for the Lakers because there’s a lockout. There’s no obligation to play anywhere, but you can play professional ball. You can play professional ball overseas so I’m going to play in the U.K.”
The veteran still has three years left on his deal with the Lakers, so any contract he signs would have to contain an NBA out-clause, which would allow him to return to the Association once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has been ratified.