One day after receiving a seven-game suspension for the elbow that connected with James Harden's head, Metta World Peace took to the blog on his official website to share some of his thoughts about the game.
In a blog post (posted by "Ron") titled "When Two Powerhouses Collide," officiating, emotions and ejections are discussed. It also explains what happens when two "powerhouses" collide.
When two powerhouses collide... you get emotion, focus, discipline, determination, passion and more. When playing on a team, somehow you have to get everyone's mind frame on the same page.
The referees' jobs are hard because they have to control the game and emotions. The refs have to be aware of the two teams and if there are any bad feelings between the teams... They also have to be aware of the players on the floor, and the aggressive nature of players and player tendencies.
When two powerhouses collide there will be player confrontation... At this point it's most important to stay on the floor and not do anything to get ejected. When you get players that are capable of being ejected, that player has to be aware of the opponent trying to get under his skin.... This type of competition makes for great entertainment.
A strange and unexpected move, but unexpected is what we've come to expect from World Peace.
There is more to this post than the excerpt above, and you should definitely check it out.
So, what does this mean? Only MWP knows for sure, but it was certainly interesting timing.
Posted above the statement made after his suspension was announced, the post seems to give World Peace the space to expand on the incident that happened last Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
It was especially interesting that he called the altercation between two players "competition that makes for great entertainment." He's right. Think of how fans act and react when a player is given a technical foul, or two players square off and start to jaw at one another.
People love the excitement. The atmosphere intensifies when things go outside of the script. It's no wonder players get caught up in the moment as well.
Note: This does not excuse the elbow or when players lose their tempers and act out in ways that are not appropriate for the game, but I think there's value in hearing these perspectives from the players who are on the floor—if, you know, these are actually MWP's thoughts.
Of course, since this is MWP's blog, here's another interesting side note: There are two blogs on the official RonArtest.com site. One called "Ron Blog" and another called "Metta Blog." Being a successful professional athlete and trying to keep up with two personae has to be tiring.
In all seriousness, though, check out the blog post. We've already established that it's pointless to try to get inside MWP's mind. This is probably the closest that we're going to get.