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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 08/10/2011

Countdown to Metta World Peace: Ron Artest considers Cheshire Jets and sees Celine Dion


Ron Artest at the Improv. (Los Angeles Times)
The world of Ron Artest is a vast place of varied experiences. In the course of a week, he has done stand-up “comedy,” professed his love of Celine Dion (especially when she sings “Titanic”), met Celine Dion, attempted to dial up Dubai.and sparked a discussion about heritage and nationality.

And he isn’t even Metta World Peace yet. That will happen on Aug. 26, when a Los Angeles judge is scheduled to sign an order changing his name. The paperwork is done and now Artest waits his day in court.

Where, though, will World Peace be playing during what is anticipated to be a lengthy lockout of NBA players? He tweeted that the Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball were a possibility.

“We are honored that Ron has even mentioned the prospect of joining the Jets,” said Peter Hawkins, the team’s director told the Los Angeles Times. “Financially we have nothing to offer him, but it would be so significant for U.K. basketball. We have offered him a stake in the club and all the love in the world! To have a genuine NBA superstar even considering coming to the BBL is massive news for our sport and could be the launch pad we need in this country to give the sport the profile it deserves; it might even get the BBC interested in showing the sport!”

Courtney Barnes, Artest's publicist, said Artest plans to be in Britain from Aug. 18-23 to talk with team officials.

On Tuesday Artest tweeted: “Go Jets!!!!! Uk , here we come!!! Jets are the best!!! Jets are the best!!! New chant!!!!!!!!!” along with a photo of Jets center Matt Schneck holding a Jets World Peace jersey.

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