Metta World Peace Suspension Will Be 7 Games: Well, Yeah

Chris O'BrienCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after being ejected for hitting James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The  Lakers won 114-106 in double overtime.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, aka the Los Angeles Lakers starting small forward and defensive enforcer, is suspended for the next seven games for elbowing James Harden in the head on Sunday.

The suspension will start with the Lakers' last home game against the Sacramento Kings and continue into the playoffs.

It puts an interesting twist on both the first- and assumed second-round matchups for Kobe Bryant's squad.

The Lakers have the division wrapped up, so the final game of the regular season will not matter. What becomes interesting is the Lakers' first-round playoff matchup against either the Dallas Mavericks or Denver Nuggets.

With little roster depth—even when Metta World Peace was active—the pressing question now becomes: Can the Lakers still win a series against the defending NBA Champions or the fast-paced Nuggets?

If they can, do the Lakers make sure it goes five or six games so that World Peace doesn't have to sit out games in the next round vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder?

Tons of questions, and we will find out the answers soon, but for now let's talk about the suspension. Is it fair? The best way to find out is go right to the source: Metta World Peace's Twitter feed.

Hours after the elbow-seen-round-the-world, World Peace posted three tweets:


Hope James Hardin is ok... I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game...

— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 22, 2012


No better way to start an apology note than by misspelling the person’s last name. It shows that you are taking the time to apologize, but not too much time.

Things get a little confusing in sentence two, but I think he meant, “When I got hit by Marc Gasol.” By the end of sentence three, I find myself feeling sorry for World Peace’s horrific injury and wanting Harden to stop being such a little baby.

One-upping like this is a great strategy that I like to use in both my apology letters as well as my get-well-soon cards. It really helps the person that I hurt feel better about themselves knowing that I have gone through something far more painful in my life. It makes me seem more relatable, more human.


I just watched the replay again..... Oooo..My celebration of the dunk really was too much... Didn't even see James ..... Omg... Looks bad

— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 23, 2012


It's really big of World Peace to own up and admit his celebration was out of line.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22:  James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder lies on the floor after being elbowed by Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers  at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expres
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I’m OK with the elbow to the face. I mean, come on—that exact play wouldn’t even be a foul in the 1980s NBA. And in the NHL? Pleeaaaase. That’s not even a whistle.

It’s the showboating that was out of line. Chest pounding like that after a dunk is unacceptable and will ultimately be the downfall of the NBA. If I were David Stern, I would suspend World Peace one game for the elbow and 75 for the “too much celebration."

Ultimately, I think the last sentence in the tweet hits the elbow right on the chin—it just looked bad.

James was in World Peace’s blind spot, and on top of that, when someone has that much facial hair it becomes really soft. You can’t feel the person’s head until you’ve completed your full follow-through motion.

Besides, you put anything in super slow motion high definition like that and it’s bound to look bad. Remember in the 2006 World Cup when Zidane had his really bad sneeze?


Wow.. Didn't really think Kendrick Perkins broke my nose....Super sore... Basketball too emotional .......

— Metta WorldPeace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 23, 2012

Ah ha! Now we have the true story!

The ex-Boston Celtic, Kendrick Perkins, who is obviously still bitter about being injured in Game 6 against the Lakers two years ago, is the real one to blame. Well, as the wise Skip Bayless pointed out, James Harden deserves some blame too. I’ll go Perkins 75 percent blame, Harden 24 percent, Jack Nicholson one percent.

The real problem, as World Peace says above, is basketball being too emotional. Why do we have to keep score and award winners and losers? Why can’t everyone, the Lakers, the Thunder and the Bobcats alike be co-NBA Champions at the end of the year?

Why can’t we all just get along?

Why can’t we have a little (Metta) World Peace?