'Dancing With the Stars' results: Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) won't look back in angerAdd to Favorites | Dancing With the Stars
LA Laker Ron Artest, aka the newly-minted Metta World Peace, was the first contestant to receive a glittery pink slip on Season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars."
Buy as you probably noticed if you watched the elimination, he's not taking it too hard. Zap2it was on the ballroom floor when the 6-foot-7-inch foot NBA small forward met with press, and he remained quite chipper.
"You don't want to leave that last impression, upset and sad," says Artest. "It was fun, and we tried hard. I knew those scores were right. I messed up a lot in the end during that dance."
He was careful to note that he didn't think that the name change had any effect on the voting. With only a combined score of 14, the premiere's lowest, he was simply out-danced.
Still he isn't thrilled to be leaving. "I didn't think I'd like it," Artest says of dancing, his arm around partner Peta Murgatroyd's shoulder. "I'm off the show now, but I like dancing."
Despite the performance, it is a bit of shock to see a prominent athlete go so soon in the competition. And Artest says that's because basketball players aren't nearly as prepared to dance as other athletes.
"Football players do a lot of foot drills," explains Artest. "They've got four seconds to be quick, explosive and fast. Basketball players, we can rest when we want. We can take big steps on our heels and feet. Football players are on their toes, so its no coincidence that football players have won."
Professional athletes have won 6 of the first 12 "Dancing With the Stars" titles. The only chance of that happening this season now rests on goalie Hope Solo's shoulders.