Rick Fox, <i>Dancing With The Stars</i> Rick Fox, Dancing With The Stars

Rick Fox is shooting for a three — for Cheryl Burke. The former Los Angeles Laker has three National Basketball Association championships, and a Dancing with the Stars victory this season would give his pro partner a record third Mirrorball trophy. "I'm putting the pressure on myself to get that for her," he tells TVGuide.com. "I know Derek [Hough] and Mark [Ballas] could get three too. I have to make sure I'm attentive, coachable and I'm putting in the effort that is required. She shapes our partnership into championship level." So coachable is Fox that he gamely went with Burke's last-minute costume change to have him shirtless in their samba. What prompted the change? Find out below. Plus: See when Fox will return to The Game.

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TVGuide.com: So was you being shirtless really a last-minute change?
Rick Fox:
Yes! Once the shirt was ripped open, you were supposed to see the Team Fox-C jersey. Maybe I should tweet a photo of it. We had rehearsal, and Cheryl said ... "So, it doesn't look good. You need to just take your shirt off." [Laughs] We were 20 minutes away [from show time], so I ran to the hair trailer because I have a hairy chest and took care of the hair, and then we evened out the skin tone because I have a farmer's tan. Next thing I knew, all of America was experiencing my bare chest! But I think it really played to the spirit of the samba.

TVGuide.com: Are you going to have another wardrobe malfunction this week?
Fox
: Well, I can't answer that until 10 minutes before the show starts! Cheryl will be like, "You know, I just came back from Argentina, and the men there do the tango without pants!" But as of right now, I will be clothed.

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