For his latest embarrassing moment Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games. Some of those games will be in the playoffs. This is a huge blow for the Lakers as World Peace was playing his best basketball of the season right now. This is the 14th time in his career that he has been suspended. He was suspended for a vicious elbow on Oklahoma City’s James Harden. Harden has a concussion because of the play.
World Peace was ejected in Sunday’s 114-106 double overtime win for the Lakers. World Peace received a flagrant two foul for hitting Harden in the head with his elbow.
Late in the 2nd quarter World Peace threw down a monster dunk to cut the Thunder lead to 1 48-47. After the dunk World Peace got pretty excited. He was beating his chest and as he was running down court he stuck Harden in the head with his elbow. Harden fell to the floor.
World Peace talked after the game about the play.
“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace said. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.
World Peace later addressed the foul on Twitter.
“Hope James Hardin (sic) is ok…,” World Peace wrote. “I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…”
“I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad,” he tweeted.
At first glance this really looks like a dirty play. I am pretty sure it wasn’t intentional. Saying that you have to be in control of yourself on the court and be aware of your surroundings, and clearly he was not.
Lakers coach Mike Brown on losing World Peace for a amount of time.
“Metta’s been extremely important to us on both ends of the floor,” Brown said. World Peace came into Sunday averaging 14.2 points on 47.8 percent shooting in 12 games in April, both well above his season averages. “It’d be a big blow to us (if he is suspended) … We need him on the floor as much as possible.”
David Stern on the suspension.
“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” Stern said in a statement. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”