Metta World Peace Suspended

Will the suspension of Metta World Peace hurt the Lakers?

Coming just two days after the fiasco between Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace and Oklahoma City Thunder guard, James Harden, the NBA has decided to suspended World Peace for seven games.

The two were involved in a one sided “fight” where World Peace after a dunk began celebrating and unintentionally, as he described it threw an elbow, which knocked Harden to the floor.

After the game, World Peace would address the media about his elbow 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 told reporters. “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 would go onto add saying, “You know, it was such a great game and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time. … That’s it for today.”

Now, two days after throwing an unintentional elbow at Harden, World Peace said on his website (www.ronartest.com) in a statement responding to the seven game suspension, given to him by the NBA saying, “I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.”

As for Harden he would post on his twitter account saying that he felt good.

Though despite, Harden’s health being in a good state, NBA Commissioner, David Stern said in a statement that these types of issues need to be taken very seriously.

“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.”

As for the Lakers, they too accepted the seven game suspension as general manager, Mitch Kupchak too released a statement saying:

“Metta has for the most part been a model citizen both on and off the court since joining the Lakers. Still, his most recent lapse in judgment is not to be condoned or accepted. His actions could have seriously injured another player, and his absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well. While we accept the league’s decision, we will be supportive of Metta and try to help him be more professional on the court.”

In other news, as a result to the Los Angeles Clippers losing to the Atlanta Hawks, 109-102 the Lakers, will clinch the number three seed and will face either the Denver Nuggets or the Dallas Mavericks.

As for World Peace, his suspension will start Thursday against the Sacramento Kings in the Lakers season finale.

“It’s hard to get into a guy’s head and know exactly what happened in that situation,” Bryant told reporters. “I haven’t really spoken to him about it. You’ve really got to ask him.”

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Andrew Bynum Said That He Won’t Be Doing Any Pay Back Today However Two Other Lakers Players Will

Metta World Peace talking with head coach Mike Brown.

With about eight minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday’s annual NBA All-Star Game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant got a quick step on Miami Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade when Wade then who was trailing behind Bryant wrapped Bryant up and while doing that his arm swiped across the bridge of Bryant’s nose resulting in a broken nose as well as a concussion for Kobe Bryant.

Bryant wasn’t asked about the incident after the game however Wade was.

“I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

Many players, fans, and spectators saw the foul that Wade inflicted on Bryant as “un-called for,” “outrageous,” “never should’ve happened,” and other things along those lines.

Now after the game Wade also said that the foul on Bryant was completely un-intentional.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Though despite Wade saying that his foul on Bryant was un-intentional or not, many spectators and other people very close to the game have been saying that the Lakers players will respond.

“If they’re gonna let our star players continue to get beat up,” Lakers guard Matt Barnes said, referencing not just the Wade foul but the one delivered by Brendan Haywood to Pau Gasol Feb. 22 in Dallas,” we’re going to have to step up.”

Now what Barnes meant by his comment of “stepping up,” he didn’t make clear though, one could speculate what he meant by pretty much saying that they’re going to respond to Wade’s hard hit, with another hit right back.

Now the Lakers have history of stepping up to teams with hard blows for instance, game four of the NBA playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and themselves when not only center Andrew Bynum delivered a hard elbow to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea who was coming down the lane but, forward Lamar Odom who delivered a hard hit to Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as well.

So guard Matt Barnes who states Metta World Peace as the enforcer and he as Metta’s side kick, plan to take care of business for their team today against the Miami Heat however, center Andrew Bynum does not.

“I can’t do anything about [it],” Bynum said after the Lakers’ shoot-around on Saturday. “If I do anything, they’re going to definitely hit me [with punishment]. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s just unfortunate and something we got to deal with.”

The “they” that Bynum was referring to was the NBA’s league office who would for sure punish Bynum as this wouldn’t be his first nor second instance as he already suffered a four game suspension that was enforced at the beginning of the season for two incidents with Minnesota Timberwolves Michael Beasley and at the time Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea.

“I got two (targets on me),” Bynum said. “I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident, but I didn’t do anything in that particular one.”

Though, that doesn’t mean that Bynum plans on backing down from the Heat today either.

“I still play hard. If I have to foul, I have to foul. That’s part of the game,” Bynum said. “I can’t do anything extra, obviously. No elbows. Nothing that looks crazy.”

Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC: Don’t miss it.

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