After this year's dramatic NBA season, basketball fans may have to wait a long time before the league's owners and players agree to a new collective bargaining deal. The off-season normally allows fans to speculate over player trades and retirements, but given the current lockout, they'll have to settle for Paul Pierce playing poker, Lebron James dunking on a child and Gilbert Arenas planking. Some of the league's stars, however, are more musically inclined in the off-season. Here's a list of players who are using the summer to channel their love of music.
1. DJ Metta World Peace
Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest has had a busy off-season. In addition to changing his name to “Metta World Peace,” he's appeared in a promotional spot with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), made plans to play basketball in the U.K., hosted a comedy show at West Hollywood's Improv and guest deejayed on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Artest is no stranger to music. He's released one rap record, 2006's My World, and a slew of singles, including this year's guest-heavy “Go Loco.” His stint as a KCRW DJ, however, revealed a softer side to the tough, defensive-minded player. Four out of five of his selections are songs dedicated to his love and respect of women. Among these, blues singer Alberta Hunter's “How Long, Sweet Daddy, How Long?” is Artest's pre-game warm-up song.