While Kobe is trying to get to Italy (The LA Times Lakers Blog reports that the Italian team is now appealing to President Obama), Blake Griffin is becoming comedy king of the year, and Luke Walton is currently assistant coaching at The University of Memphis, Ron Artest is spending a little more time at home.
Artest (a.k.a. Metta World Peace) and his 8-year-old daughter Diamond visited the KTLA morning news today to talk about the NBA lockout, Diamond's budding music career, the art of handball and her new single "Fighter," which tackles her battle with cancer.
Diamond was diagnosed with cancer at age 4, and now as a happy and healthy 8-year-old, she's dropping tracks with the likes of Sade to inspire other children with cancer to believe in the best possible outcome. Her song "Fighter" hit iTunes on September 27.
Artest was most recently on the tube for getting voted off this season's "Dancing With The Stars" and before that, for asking to change his name legally to Metta World Peace. Diamond Artest was quoted as saying that she too would like to take her father's last name of World Peace. According to The LA Times, she wants to do it out of "love and respect for her father."
Check out Diamond's new music video above and watch the KTLA clip below to see just how big Ron Artest smiles when Diamond is on:
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Diamond's song was titled "Hero." Its title is "Fighter."