HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The NBA handed down a 7-game suspension for Metta World Peace for the elbow to the head of James Harden Sunday, it was announced just minutes ago.
The suspension will include the Lakers’ final regular season game Thursday night in Sacramento and the team’s first six of the postseason, however long that might be. The statement released by the league explains why World Peace got what he got:
“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,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “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.”
The suspension will begin with the Lakers’ next game at Sacramento on April 26. The remaining games of the suspension will be served over the next six games in which the player is eligible and physically able to play, including this season’s playoffs.
The five to 10 game range that had been suggested by many is exactly where the punishment landed.
Now that the punishment has been handed down, we can at least stop wondering how stiff the penalty would be and what toll an extended vacation for World Peace would have on the Lakers.
The more pressing question is did the league get it right?