Los Angeles Lakers

Still No Decision on Metta World Peace: League Taking Time to Get It Right

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits for play to begin against the Dallas Mavericks during a 112-108 Laker win at Staples Center on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 24, 2012

More than 24 hours after the elbow that rocked the NBA world, the league has not spoken.

We have discussed, tweeted, written and debated the intent of the hit and the severity of the suspension to come. Metta World Peace has apologized via his Twitter account and a statement he gave to reporters after Sunday's game. The Thunder have announced that James Harden is day-to-day and will continued to be monitored and tested for concussion symptoms.

After playing on Sunday afternoon, the Lakers have a very rare three-day break before they take the court again on Thursday night against the Kings in their final game of the regular season. The timing works out for the league who are definitely taking their time in deciding how they will punish World Peace.

Any time a player with a history as complicated as World Peace's is involved in an altercation, that history clouds the present and things become more complex. With the playoffs happening in a handful of days and the league feeling the pressure to make a statement, they're electing to get it right rather than reacting swiftly.

While those of us on the outside can't seem to agree on an appropriate punishment, rest assured that the NBA's front office is hearing it. They're hearing the reaction, they've seen the slo-mo replay that makes World Peace's elbow look that much more damning. They're aware of the public outcries for them to show that this behavior can't be accepted. They know that emotions will only intensify when the postseason hits. 

This is a punishment that will be felt throughout the league. It might be World Peace who will serve it and the Lakers who are affected, but whatever statement the NBA makes will be one that sets the tone for the officiating and the aggression that will be tolerated en route to the Finals.

With the soon-to-be Sixth Man Of the Year sidelined indefinitely, it's a decision that's worth getting right to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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