Kobe Bryant Takes to Soccer, Ron Artest Takes to Dancing

As the NBA Lockout lingers players are finding ways to keep in shape, stay active and most importantly remain relevant.

We already know about all the European speculation. But that is so last week. It might be early in the lockout process but guys are already finding more creative ways to stay active.

Kobe Bryant has already made a trip to the Philippines and is considering a tour of China plus a potential extended stay in Turkey. However the latter options are in the distant future. Right here and now Kobe needs to find some activity to stay busy.

Widely known as a fan of the beautiful game, Bryant is going to be shifting gears by taking off the kicks and strapping on the boots. This Sunday Bryant is slated to participate in the Celebrity Soccer Challenge to be played in our Nation’s capital. The event is being put on by women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm and her husband Nomar Garciaparra.

Much like Chad Ochocinco, Bryant has used the sport of soccer to both stay in shape and build necessary skills for his profession. Whereas Ocho took to the sport in a more professional manner with his two-day trial in Kansas City, Bryant is just looking for an excuse to brush up on his skills.

Not to be left out of the picture with regards to leisure activities, Ron Artest is also exploring other options. But since we’re talking about Ron a celebrity soccer game is just too tame.

Artest is rumored to be among those considered for the next installment of Dancing With the Stars. Yes, Metta World Peace could be waltzing through living rooms across America if the lockout lingers into the regular season. That is about the only way Artest will have time to do the show that has helped athletes gain exposure over the years.

The show’s production schedule would call for Artest to be in the L.A. area in November which is in clear contrast to what he’ll be doing for a living should the NBA season actually get underway on time. He’s definitely not the same Ron of old but who can forget Artest asking the Pacers for time off to promote his rap album that barely went wood?

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