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Lakers Star Says 'Of Course' Jason Collins Will Be Accepted by NBA

Metta World Peace: Jason Collins Is Welcome on the Lakers

Originally posted 05/05/2013 05:00PM

Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who recently announced he's gay, will have no trouble fitting into an NBA locker room, according to one All-Star.

"I'd play with him on my team," Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace told PEOPLE at the Showtime pre-fight party before the Floyd Mayweather Jr./Robert Guerrero bout in Las Vegas. When asked whether Collins would be accepted in an NBA locker room, World Peace's answer was simple: "Of course."

With Collins's historic announcement in Sports Illustrated, he became the first active player in American team sports to publicly announce he's gay. For World Peace, though, the outing wasn't a big deal.

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Metta World Peace: I Should Have Tried Harder on DWTS | Ron Artest

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Metta World Peace: I Should Have Tried Harder on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 09/21/2011 10:00AM

Metta World Peace, the NBA star formerly known as Ron Artest, isn't happy to be this season's first contestant sent home from Dancing with the Stars, but the L.A. Laker admits that he didn't take things in the ballroom as seriously as he does on the basketball court.

"I was having a great time and I was looking forward to learning a few dances, but I wish I would have put in a little more effort," he told PEOPLE backstage after Tuesday night's elimination. "Years ago when I saw Dancing with the Stars, I didn't think I could ever do the show. And now that I'm here, I'm like, 'I wish I would have tried a little harder.' "

World Peace, 31, scored only 14 points for his premiere night cha cha. "I really didn't know how much fun this was going to be," he said. "I didn't know that I would actually want to make an effort to win."

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SPOILER: Did Elisabetta Canalis or Ron Artest Survive DWTS's First Elimination? | Elisabetta Canalis, Ron Artest

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UpdatePosted 09/21/2011 06:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Elimination: Who Was Sent Home First?

Originally posted 09/20/2011 10:10PM

Elisabetta Canalis previously had luck in the dating department and Ron Artest continues to be one of the most popular basketball players in the NBA – but neither Dancing with the Stars competitor managed to impress in the ballroom during Monday's night's season 13 premiere.

Artest, 31, only scored 14 out of 30 points after completing his cha cha with partner Peta Murgatroyd. Canalis, 33, did fared one point better than Artest with her performance of the same dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy's brother, Val.

Did one of the first week’s lowest scorers get the boot? Or did another one the DWTS competitors face a surprise elimination?

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Players, Fans Charged in Basket-Brawl Case | Ron Artest

Players, Fans Charged in Basket-Brawl Case

Originally posted 12/08/2004 04:25PM

Five Indiana Pacers basketball players and five Detroit Pistons fans were charged Wednesday with assault following the now-infamous Nov. 19 brawl during an NBA game, a Michigan prosecutor announced.

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Two Pistons Fans Banned from Future Games | Ron Artest

Two Pistons Fans Banned from Future Games

Originally posted 12/02/2004 08:20AM

Two spectators were banned from events at the Detroit Pistons' arena for what the team says was their involvement in last month's loutish NBA brawl between players and fans, Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek announced.

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Basket-Brawler Ron Artest Speaks | Ron Artest

Basket-Brawler Ron Artest Speaks

Originally posted 11/22/2004 06:00PM

Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest, who's been suspended for the rest of the season following Friday's bench-clearing brawl with Detroit Pistons fans, tells PEOPLE: "I just wish the situation hadn't turned out the way it turned out."

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