Former Laker Rick Fox made sure to wait until his NBA career had ended before joining "Dancing with the Stars." After all, he had to gyrate his hips in skin-tight pants in front of a national audience -- a prospect that could give NBA players pause, and their opponents a bit of taunting fuel.
As if Ron Artest's competitors don't have enough ammo -- the Lakers forward recently tried to change his name to Metta World Peace but was rejected because of outstanding traffic warrants -- it is rumored that he will join the upcoming season's cast.
CBS Sports is also reporting that Dwyane Wade may be on the show as well.
Hines Ward, who won the show last season, was asked if he could verify that Wade would be a cast member. Via Sports Radio Interviews, he said: "I don't know, but I did hear rumors and his name did come up."
Other sites are reporting this cast list: Nancy Grace, Kristin Cavalleri, Ricki Lake, Chynna Phillips, Hope Solis, Elizabetta Canalis, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, Ryan O'Neal, J.R. Martinez, Chaz Bono and Artest.
The official announcement is scheduled to be revealed Monday evening during ABC's "Bachelor Pad."
-- Melissa Rohlin
Photo: Rick Fox. Credit: Vince Compagnone / Los Angeles Times