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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Drama In Los Angeles: Back And Fourth, Mitch Kupchak vs. Kobe Bryant

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant poses with General Manger Mitch Kupchak.

Los Angeles is known for its great movie stars, dramas, comedies, and all of that however they’re not used to it taken place on the court. Now everyone knows the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant drama that took place back in the early 2000’s. Where they won three championships together and then came the shocking downfall ending with the unbelievable divorce of the dynamic duo.

However, the drama died down in Los Angeles after that, at least for the most part. Now of course they still had the buzzer beaters, the close losses, the blowout wins, the blowout losses and all of those dramas, but the he said, she said dramas, they were gone.

Though don’t blink now as the drama of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Lakers is back.

Starting with the Chris Paul trade veto, everything went down hill from there. Lakers forward and sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, forward Pau Gasol remained in trade rumors, and the losses began to pile up.

Though no one really said anything one could sense that there was drama revolving the Lakers organization. However after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, 102-90, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant called out Lakers management saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would continue saying, “I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

Though Bryant wouldn’t get his wish of management saying if they were trading Gasol or not, he would infact get a response as Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would say, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

Then just as it appeared that it would stop there as management usually always had the last word, it wouldn’t as following a blowout, statement win on Monday night by the Los Angeles Lakers, as they won 103-92, Bryant would respond saying, “I said what I had to say…I’m done.”

When asked if he spoke with Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, Bryant replied “Next.”

“I think Pau feels a lot better,” said Bryant, after the 103-92 win over Portland. “He looks a lot better to me. It’s important to know that guys in the locker room support you, that guys are going to step up. That’s my role here. He [Gasol] can’t say that. He’s a nice guy. He would never, ever say anything to shuffle the deck, so to speak. But I would. I’ll say it for him.”

Though post game comments wasn’t all as the Lakers held a team meeting that was organized by both Bryant and Lakers guard Derek Fisher.

“Look, I’ve won championships with him, been in playoff battles with him, gotten swept with him, lost in the Finals with him,” Bryant said of Gasol. “I’m not just going to sit around and [watch him] be down in spirit and things like that. That’s not cool. We all love him. We all want to play with him — especially me.”

After addressing the issue of the Pau Gasol trade rumors on Sunday night, the Lakers who dominated the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night, looked like a whole new team, like the Lakers. Which made it clear that Bryant’s comments made a difference. So while to some this may look like a player making ignorant comments to his boss or a player making comments out of anger after a loss, in reality these comments may have just turned around their team’s season.

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What The Los Angeles Lakers Should’ve Done With Lamar Odom And Why General Manager Mitch Kupchak Should Be Fired

You even gave him the award...what were you thinking?

After not getting guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets, forward Lamar Odom would demand a trade. Odom would demand a trade as he felt that he was disrespected as he felt that he should’ve never have been traded. So as a result Odom would be dealt to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million in trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick.

This would cause some controversy as fans would respond with shocked remarks like, “why would they do that,” “what were they thinking,” etc. However they weren’t the only to respond as captain guard Kobe Bryant did as well saying, “I don’t understand the criticism of [the] reality shows…he had his best season last year. It clearly wasn’t a distraction,” Kobe Bryant told NBA reporters.

Bryant would go onto add, “He played his a** off. I don’t get where that [criticism] comes from.”

“You’re talking about Sixth Man of the Year last year,” said Bryant. “I don’t like it… I’ve known Lamar for a long time, and for the team itself, he’s meant a lot in terms of his versatility, his personality. He’s a big presence for us in the locker room, just from a team chemistry standpoint.”

Though it wouldn’t end there as General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would respond as well saying, “Lamar was sent to Dallas because he requested to be traded,” said Kupchak to the LA Times. “In this case, he couldn’t get over the fact that something like that could took place. I was hoping that things would change in a day or two but his representative called me on Saturday and said that’s not going to change.”

Now this decision to send Lamar Odom to Dallas drew up a lot of controversy as sending a player of his talent to the defending champions just seemed foolish as Odom’s addition makes the Mavericks a favorite yet again this season. As for Kupchak he felt differently saying, “I wouldn’t lump Kobe and Lamar into the same category when talking about those same two situations,” Kupchak said to the LA Times. “Yeah, we could have said, ‘Lamar, we’re not going to trade you,’ and waited to see what was going to happen in the next week or two, but we chose not to do that.”

Kupchak would go onto add, “The window to make a deal in this environment where you really can get back flexibility, it goes away in the snap of the fingers. So to have waited two or three weeks would have just prolonged an environment with Lamar when he’s not at practice and would have sucked energy away from the team. We might not have had a better opportunity.”

They might not have had a better opportunity? Mr. Kupchak, do you really feel that trading your fourth leading scorer, third leading rebounder, and sixth man of the year to the defending Champions as well as the team that swept you in the playoffs for $8.9 Million in trade exception and first round pick, the best opportunity? You’re crazy and personally I don’t think that you as the Lakers General manager give the Lakers organization the best opportunity to win. You trade Shaquille O’Neal, you traded Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, then you didn’t re-sign Trevor Ariza, and now you trade Lamar Odom, what’s next Mitch Kupchak? Kobe Bryant?

Now this all could’ve been prevented and I’m not talking about Shaquille O’Neal, Caron Butler, and Trevor Ariza (though they could’ve been prevented too) but I’m talking about Lamar Odom; you could’ve done better.

What you could’ve done was first; try to convince him to stay. You could’ve told him that it’s a business and that anyone can get traded at anytime, however your sorry that you made the mistake and you feel bad and then you throw him extra money pat him on the back and say see you on the court. Now if that didn’t work you could’ve gone to the stage of trading him; except not to the Dallas Mavericks.

What you should’ve done was have waited and tried to trade him to the Orlando Magic to get center Dwight Howard, wouldn’t that have been smart? Instead, you trade Odom to the Dallas Mavericks and get pretty much some money and a first round pick and you take no talent from their team, all you did was make them better…a lot better. As a result now your Los Angeles Lakers are not the best team in the West as the Dallas Mavericks are, but your Los Angeles Lakers now might not even be the best in Los Angeles as the Clippers made some moves that might put them at the top dog status.

So my question to you Mr. Kupchak is what are you doing? Why would trade Odom? And why would you trade Odom, to the Dallas Mavericks? Why wouldn’t you just wait and trade him to the Magic for Howard? Wouldn’t that have made a lot more sense?

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