Ex-Laker Scores Role On FX's 'Dirt'

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Former basketball player Rick Fox attends the "Hit The Ground Running Party" at the SkyBar in the Mondrian Hotel on July 31, 2006 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Rick Fox may have given up basketball, but not the spotlight.

The former Los Angeles Laker has scored a recurring role in the new FX television series "Dirt," his spokeswoman, Lori Jonas, said Tuesday.

Production begins this month on the hour-long drama, which stars Courteney Cox as the editor in chief of two top tabloids. Fox will play Prince Tyrese, Jonas said.

Fox, 37, has collected a handful of acting credits in the past 12 years, including "Holes," "Eddie," "He Got Game" and "The Collectors." He most recently appeared as a shirtless, sought-after masseur in "Mini's First Time."

He was married to singer-actress Vanessa Williams for five years. The couple split in 2004 — the same year he retired from the NBA.