Ron Artest Doing Dancing for Cancer-Survivor Daughter

Ron Artest Does DWTS for Cancer-Survivor Daughter
Ron Artest
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updated 08/30/2011 at 07:25 PM EDT

originally published 08/30/2011 07:25PM

Because of the NBA lockout, Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest knew he needed something to occupy his time.

Making the decision to do Dancing with the Stars was a no-brainer, Artest told PEOPLE at Monday night's live, season 13 DWTS cast announcement in L.A.

"At first it was not appealing," Artest confesses. "I did not want to do it. I don't dance and all of the dressing up and everything, but my daughter Diamond was like, Daddy, you should do it."

Proud father Artest, 31, admittedly is a sucker for his 8-year-old daughter, who battled cancer when she was 4.



"I had a chance to play basketball overseas and I had a chance to do Dancing with the Stars," Artest says. "She asked me to do it, and I thought I could dance and raise some money for cancer research. I'm going to donate the profits."



Despite the fact that he might not play basketball this year, Artest says he is grateful for the opportunity to show what he can do on the ballroom's shiny hardwood floors once Dancing's new season kicks off Monday, Sept. 19, on ABC

"I have a lot of entertaining things to come," he says.

And if the NBA lockout is resolved while he's still on the show? "I'll cross that bridge when it comes."

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