7-Game Suspension For Metta World Peace





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 ┬ástatement 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?



122 Comments

  1. Peter M. Arel says:

    HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL WOULD PROVIDE MORE DISCIPLINARY CONTROL THAN WE ARE
    SEEING UNDER NBA COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN. THE NBA SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED UNTIL STERN STARTS
    HANDING OUT LIFETIME SUSPENSIONS FOR EVERYTHING FROM ELBOWING OTHER PLAYERS TO HEAD-BUTTING
    THE REFEREES WHO OFFICIATE AT THE NBA GAMES!

  2. MettaElbow2DaFace says:

    If MWP is crazy, then Harden is a MORON for trying to get in the way of someone 50 pounds heavier and way stronger than him. He was clearly trying to slow MWP from transitioning rback on D. Harden learned a physics lesson on how the bigger bus always wins.

  3. megasaja says:

    IMO, 2 full seasons, and 5 million bucks. everything else is america loving violence.

  4. Vonnie says:

    Let’s not forget when Dwayne Wade pushed Rip Hamilton off the court and didn’t even get ejected (the video is on YouTube if you did not see the game). Wade admitted he wanted to hard foul Kobe but breaking his nose and giving him a concussion was an accident and the league never got involved. My problem I watch plenty of basketball games and everything happens on the court from shoving, pushing, and elbows are always flying. Metta should have been punished for being reckless but I do not believe he wanted to hurt anyone. He has changed and you will often see him on the court calming down one of his teammates. Anyway I believe all players should be treated the exact same way.

  5. KingDaddyNavigator says:

    Call me hardcore but I wold have gone with a life time ban from the NBA to send a very clean message. Ron has been given too many chances in past and simply can not or will not change his behavior.

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      KingDaddyNavigator,

      I WOULD HAVE GONE WITH A LIFETIME BAN ON ON METTA WORLD WAR BUT A BOYCOTT BY THE
      FANS IN FAVOR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE. AND
      LIKE YOU SAY RON ARTEST HAS HAD TOO MANY CHANCES ALREADY!

  6. KingDaddyNavigator says:

    Clearly the Meta World Peace name change was an attempt to distance himself from the negative images that come from name “Ron Artest”. On Sunday we saw that “Ron Artest” is still the same out of control guy we seen in years past. For that mess in Detriot be got 80+ games and you think we would learn his lession and stop all the violent outburses. The 7 games suspension is a joke is does not represent a really financial hardship based on his multi-million dollar income, it hurts the LA Lakers more the Ron.

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      The Suspension SHOULD BE FOR LIFE IRRESPECTIVE OF THE CONSEQUENCES! ONLY WHEN THE LAKERS,
      THEIR FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL AND OWNER(S) ARE FORCED TO LOOK AT THEMSELVES IN THE
      MIRROR BY A BOYCOTT IN FAVOR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL WILL THINGS CHANGE!

  7. Rich says:

    Harden should get rid of the beard.

  8. simon says:

    i have been a lakers fan for about 18 years but this season i have been drawn into OKC’s amazing on court game and i havent missed a game all season( i mean they are having an amazing season and an absoutely all star team and just pretty pretty basketball) congrats to serge (the beast) ibaka and james harden for their wins in the NBA awards and kevin durrant on 2nd place for MVP.. and even though im still a lakers fan at heart i think metta world peace should have been given the full 10 game suspension i mean it was a completely blatent act and there is no place for it..

  9. kille v run GT says:

    james soften (harden) provoked the hit…he was on offence why go towards artest and body him up?

    he should of gotten the ball and run the court instead.

    Ron artest deserves 2 suspensions no more.

  10. calex says:

    Not enough. He should be fired from the NBA. I just don’t understand it. Why is it so difficult for people to see that this should not be tolerated under any circumstances. A hit like that can kill someone. And what would the NBA do then. Suspend him?

  11. Marcos says:

    That’s ok. But I wonder why Blake is not suspended as well when dunkin on people with his elbow to the neck? Like that one over Gasol? Gasol was lucky not getting injured so…Blake NBA’s golden boy is allowed to elbow players and MWP NBA’s bad boy is not? hum….

  12. tammy says:

    Nobody can predict the long term effects that a concussion has on the human body. Look at all the former NFL players who are suing the NFL because of this.
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7807452/former-detroit-lion-alex-karras-joins-concussion-lawsuit-nfl
    If James Harden develops any health complications later in retirement he is set for life. There were at least 50 million witnesses to this disgrace. As a former lawyer David Stern should have realized this and handed out a harsher penalty.

  13. Ridiculous says:

    7 games is way too short. It just means he misses a meaningless game against sacramento and the 1st round of playoffs, that the Lakers will (should) win anyway. So then he will be back for round 2, possibly against OKC. So the Lakers will have no need for him for the next 7 games anyhow, and he comes back fresh when they do need him. So its not a real penalty at all. He should have got at least 20 games for this horrible act. I think it was the most horrible act seen on a basketball court in years. I can’t believe the NBA is so lenient to this idiot. He bashed James Harden brain around, suffering severe concussion, and they give him a slap on the wrist. Get serious!

  14. bulls87 says:

    that was the worst display of sportsmanship i have ever seen he should be gone from the league period!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IJS

  15. corbin phelps says:

    I cant believe after this mans track record in the NBA with dirty plays, and his history of violence that DAVID STERN will not put an END to RON (WORLD PEACE) ARTEST. He should not play another game on a NATIONAL LEVEL. When will Stern put his foot down?

  16. mike lewis says:

    I am an UFC fighter, and fan of the NBA. I dont have an explantion of how David J Stern and executives can keep on with MWP behavior, is just unacceptable. That hit could cause serious damage to a human brain, and you can tell that it was on purpose, Is not the first time that we see MWP doing this disgraceful move. he have done that to NBA players, and Fans, what is this? NBA? Metta World Peace should be fired. Shame on the NBA for keeping a street fighter on the court. Just like Kevin Durant says (He is not a NBA player)

  17. Tony says:

    David Stern said to take necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, He’s full of s**t. I wonder if the guy who got hit is his son, the penalty would then be totally differnet. 7 games an life goes on…Common… lock that mental guy up before he strike ag.ian.

  18. Heatfan107 says:

    its called an accident. THings like that happen. Maybe harden shouldve moved out of the way instead of standing his ground right in front of him knowing he was coming backcourt full speed. 7 games is a bit much. but because based on his past, they think he is still a bad guy. LEAVE THE PAST ALONE> WE LIVE FOR TODAY!!!

  19. ds says:

    I find it quite ironic. This man changes his name to World Peace and is the most violent man on the court!

  20. Sk8rasta says:

    It’s all about the money. NBA wants to make sure their cash cow team in LA has every opportunity to make it to the finals and keep the money rolling in. This allows them to cover their butts, and get the Lakers through the first round, and get the thug formerly known as Ron Artest back for the critical second round that the Lakers would lose without him.

  21. Debbie724 says:

    scumbag
    so much for his stupid name change

  22. Im obliged for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

  23. nlitinme says:

    A previous comment e.g. Bynum vs Artest says it all. Bynum in a fit of infancy hits JJ- who is a foot shorter- because he is “frustrated” and gets a 5 game suspension?! What a bunch of BS. Artest got 7 games because of who he is- an outlier- weird, violent explosive past, thanks his psychiatrist after winning his first Lakers championship. I don’t know why he hit Harden, I am sick of watching endless replay.

  24. Lakerfan805 says:

    Alot of laker hating going on.. This punishment reflects Metta’s reputation.. There has been alot of hard physical play lately.. No suspensions.. But because of his reputation, he got 7 games. SEKOKU you are the biggest Laker hater i’ve seen yet….

    • Mike says:

      The only reputation that I saw in Artest is the resemble of a guy in a psycho movie Bates Motel(I think???)

  25. Jason says:

    This guy should have been suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs! Actions like that are uncalled for and need some harsh punishments. This guy was having a good season overall and once again he has tainted his image by performing a stupid act. I don’t know if Harden made a comment to Artest before the elbow but the best way to stick it to your opponent is to get the win not throw an elbow to the guys head. It is plays like this and plays like the Marian Hossa hit in the NHL playoffs that need to be taken very seriously. These games are physical and people will get hurt but these type of plays are examples of players intentionally hurting other players. Let me tell you if I was a teammate of Harden, Artest better watch out the next time he drives to the net because he is going down!

  26. ja murda says:

    a few questions what was harden doing in his face he was supposed to be going the other way on offense after metta dunked on half of thier squad not trying to chest bump an opposing player and entice him into getting a technical correct? harden talks alot of trash and always gets into with stars from opposing teams does anyone remember the flop against dallas when he ran under tyson chandler and he barely touched him and he rolled around paul pierce like as if he had been shot got tyson ejected and in similar fashion to sunday got up and walked off slowly? faking/ overreacting !!! ever see a football player get laid out or a ufc fighter or boxer get ko’d from a back of the head punch and just walk away without staggering or stumbling? most times they need help walking! does anyone remember when raja bell elbowed kobe in the face in the playoffs or the chris childs punches no one called for crazy suspensions then or the melo punch? be fair people and recognize what really happens on the court!!! and did anyone ever see metta actually look at harden before the erratic arm swing? don’t wanna catch an elbow don’t run up and chest bump me when you been talking smack all game if you on the opposing team after i make your team look silly by dunking in their faces!

  27. roberto zilli says:

    you can change name easly , but you don’t change your brain so easly…
    Ron Artest ( call his name) is a clear dimostration of this.
    Sergio Tavcar said ” basketballa is a intelligent game” ; i approve .
    Someone could have special skills for play great level this game, but without connection at brain certainly don’t show the best possible and often behave the real nature as he’s .
    Ron Artest is this. (not alone in the league unfortunately….)
    I think is not a problem about how many games of suspencion he got .
    by bob z. Italy

  28. SMH says:

    Bet you next time harden won’t try and get up in someone’s face, especially when you’re trying to get OPEN for the ball

  29. Karim says:

    sekou he’s been punished get over it. And I guess he’s sorry for what he did..and please look for something else to write

    • Mike says:

      What a stupid statement. If he is sorry for what he did. Right after he hit somebody he would turn around and respond to that. He was proud of what he did after harden was knock down. What a psycho

  30. Scamtemple says:

    Lakers Haters!!!.. f a bobcat player or any other players belongs to a losing team did that and got the 7 game suspension? would you even react? NO! because you don’t care at all to a losing team not competing in the playoffs and especially its not a laker player.. you just have to admit that all of you are afraid to face the Lakers if they have MWP in the line-up because of its D..and also his improving Offense…

  31. ee says:

    and all you idiot laker fans defending him you artest and bynum all good for each other all brain dead morons

  32. Sexbomb says:

    Laker fans are the best example of stupidity… A standing ovation for hitting a guy with an elbow? Guys might have forgotten that they’re watching the nba..

  33. ee says:

    how is the kevin love incident anything like the artest incident if james harden just happens to turn to the left he could have got a broken jaw (not pleasant) or other broken bones in the face amazing how many morons there are out there excusing his behaviour, alot of laker fans out there not intelligent enough to reason like normal human beings.

  34. Celt says:

    He need to be ejected from NBA forever .. he has history of mental issues and excessive aggressiveness ..

  35. Michael says:

    Is 7 enough – maybe not. No fine – doesn’t seem right. But the fact that people commenting above are suggesting he be banned FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON OR FOR LIFE, just shows you that people really have it out for Artest. Lopez threw Griffin to the floor via his throat and there were people defending it saying Blake had it coming for “posterizing” other players. Blake didn’t even get a foul when he gave Gasol an elbow to the side of the head (you don’t need to extend your elbow 90degrees in order to dunk). I am not in favor of using a players past bad behavior to forever hold over their head, especially when Artest has, seemingly, been trying earnestly to clean up his act.

  36. Shamar says:

    Lewis,
    Your kidding me right? just because I get in your way, you think that’s grounds for knocking someone on the floor and giving them a concussion? Small things are done to get under other players skin, thats all part of the game. Players run into each other all the time like that. Your reasoning makes no sense.

  37. Shamar says:

    I can’t believe all of the people saying that it was enough punishment. The guy didn’t even get fined any money out of his own pocket. This is like a person calling off sick with no vacation time. Not to mention giving someone a concussion? Commissioner, get real man. Did you not see the force or the intent behind that elbow? How many times do you need to sit down with this guys folder case on your desk in order to see that your punishment method isn’t working? It’s time to take more serious punishment. I mean did you not see what happen to the Saints head coach Sean Payton? And he isn’t even a repeat offender. Different sport but same ethic’s apply. Forget the playoff run and championship for the Lakers. What about the Thunder? Just by watching this whole thing unfold just goes to show me that in the NBA, you can have the intent to end someone’s career, act like your an idiot about it saying it wasn’t intentional, and get smacked on your wrist as a repeat offender. Just imagine if the United States laws were the same. SMH to this…

  38. Chicagorilla says:

    Ron Artest should have been given a lifetime ban from the NBA. This cat has been given chance after chance, 7 games for that elbow are you serious? David Stern and the NBA is a joke. This guy no longer deserves to play in the league, it’s a privilege not a right for him to be playing in the league. Stern dropped the ball with this one, I may stay away from the game until this guy retires….SMH

  39. Rolan says:

    That elbow is not even legal in MMA. 7 games is not enough IMO

  40. nbaseason over says:

    bs wade,love get nothing so goodbye nba hockey playoffs early baseball better anyway

  41. calpossible says:

    Will Blake Griffin be suspended when he elbows somebody in the head while “dunking” on them? No, he just gets the and-1 and the top play on sporstcenter.

  42. PocPet says:

    Well guess it s time to hire goons nhl style, send someone in knock out opponents best player “unintentionally”, get a few games suspension who cares, might win u a playoff series or 2 though.

  43. Hmmmm says:

    Harsh it’s not his fault, James harden went up to MWP as he celebrate his dunk over ebaka

  44. Flying Raijin_41 says:

    the suspension is not enough…

  45. H2K says:

    Everyone who thinks the punishment is not enough is just stupid. Basketball is no place for wimps, The punishment is 2 games more than enough. Thats a Stern Punishment bestowed on Mr Peace.

  46. allaroundballer says:

    That was big elbow swing, no matter metta saw who’s blocking his way or not. He just want to hit! This guy simply unable to control himself, explode anytime. who knows

    I think the suspension should depend on Harden’s injury

  47. Lewis says:

    My only question is how many games will James Harden be suspended?

    From the video provided in this thread, when Metta World Peace dunked the ball, James Harden just got to the top of the restricted area arc, and for the following two seconds, Harden would take few steps left to get to the edge of the arc while World Peace turning around to get back on defense, the two met on a collision course. At this moment, Ibaka was about to inbound the ball, and Westbrook was open and ready to make the catch with no Lakers pressure on, so the problem is why took 3 steps left to get to the side of the arc in two seconds?

    When World Peace drove all the way to dunk the ball, momentum carried him to the left side of the basket, in one second, he made a right turn and this would put him on a collision course with Harden. Harden anticipated the inevitable so he squared up and put his arms up to brace for the impact; however, even though World Peace has turned sideways trying to slide by, his elbow still hit Harden during his proclaimed celebration moves. So it’s clear with no celebration moves, the two would have a minor bump with no harm no foul and no 7-game suspension. But the previous problem remains, if Harden were at the top of the arc, which he may not have to fight the carrying momentum to do so, World Peace’s elbow could not be more than two feet to be able to make contact at all.

    Harden obviously anticipated a collision, but maybe either unaware of World Peace’s track record or thought he has since changed, a to-the-back-of-the-head elbow is a minor bump no more. It’s obvious if Harden were to bump into other well-disciplined players, this collision wouldn’t even cause a bruise. But the problem again is why create a collision course in the first place when it may be avoided all together?

    In conclusion, World Peace obviously should be suspended as mentioned above, most other players won’t throw an elbow to another’s head even on a collision course. But the question once again is how did the collision course even come to exist? Which of the two players actually has more power to create or avoid this collision course?

    • Ultima says:

      You’re absolutely right. The league should suspend Harden for being near MWP. And then all the other Thunder players for being on the court, where they could have potentially come close enough to be hit. And the coaches for putting players in harm’s way, the franchise ownership, the people who own the venue, the city of LA, and Dr. Naismith for creating a game in which people could potentially be injured.

      You’re nuts. Harden has every right to be where he is on the court. Stop blaming the victim.

  48. Just sayin says:

    I thought it should have been no more than 5 games! But I commend the league’s decision! and I’m glad they didn’t listen to so many outspoken media people who were calling for such ridiculous suspensions! You have to be fair in the league when meting out suspensions and punishments! I hope MWP learns from it and comes out and plays some great basketball when he returns! Go Lakers! Bring it on in the playoffs purple and gold!!!!!

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      THE ONLY WAY TO BE FAIR IN HANDING OUT PUNISHMENT IN THE NBA IS BY BEING HIGH-HANDED AND
      UNFAIR! UNTIL THE NBA STARTS SWINGING THE AXE FANS WHO THINK A SEVEN-GAME SUSPENSION
      IS INADEQUATE-AND I DO-THEY SHOULD TELL COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN THAT HE HAS MADE THEM
      FANS OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FOREVER!

  49. Reggie Evans is an Alien! says:

    Why are people saying that the fact he has down wrong in the past affects this ban?? Of course his prior actions affect this ban, as should all actions in determining a player ban. Ron Artest (because we all know he isn’t spreading peace) is a dirty player and should be banned accordingly. If someone doesn’t learn from their mistakes, make sure they learn in the future!

  50. Mat D says:

    I think 7 games is not enough and should be longer. Not only that, but he needs to pay some substantial amount to the league. It happened before, I am sure you all know about it. One more thing that the league should do, if similar thing happens again, he should be banned from the league. This is just not acceptable.

  51. anonymous says:

    7 Games? Are you serious? I can not believe you Stern! You DO KNOW Metta World Peace is none other than Ron Artest? YOU should change your name… to PUSHOVER! This guy elbows another player that blatant and you thought 7 games was a fair punishment…. For THIS GUY? This just proves that the NBA cares nothing for the well being of MOST of its players. I bet if another player did something like that to Lebron he would have gotten MUCH worse. Shaq even said it tonight on TNT… “He knew he was there.”
    Stern… RETIRE…RESIGN… whatever! Get someone in there that can make a decision that fits the crime.
    If I was James Harden I would be talking to a lawyer about now!

  52. Michael says:

    I am severely disappointed by this decision. 7 games is no where near enough. As bad as it is that Metta Ron Artest brutally elbowed an unsuspecting player, it is even worse when you consider his long history of bad behavior, including an 86-game suspension for pummeling a fan in Detroit. To top it all off, the guy has not been remorseful in the slightest bit, claiming that it was an “accident” (give me a break). Lucky for MWP, he will only be financially penalized for one game, since NBA players are not paid during the playoffs. The whole situation is disturbing and I hope no else gets hurt by this crazy person.

  53. randy says:

    This is sickening. I am disgusted at the leagues decision. What would happen if an individual did that on the street and it was caught on tape? Criminal charges could be pressed as they should be in this case. Just because they’re playing a sport shouldn’t make players less suceptible to the law. They are almost protected from what others would be harshly punished for. Given Artests’ history, he should not be allowed to return to the NBA. What kind of message is the Commissioner sending? He could have killed him!

  54. ClipFan says:

    This is too much!!!
    Elbowing the defender to get some space to shoot — Offensive foul
    Pushing while in the air for the dunk is as dangerous as elbowing on the head — Foul or Flagrant foul
    Players get frustrated and intentionally push other player down- techinical foul
    While Ron was emotional after his dunk, Harden intentionally trying to get on his way and he tries push him with his elbow – Flagrant Foul + 7 gmae suspension

    This decision becaouse it is RON ARTEST .. had it been somebody else .. it would be less. The same if Ron would have elbow while going to the basket it would have been just techinical foul. Come on guys this not some girls game playing without contact, this the game where REAL MAN plays… Go back to 80s game and see REAL MAN basket ball, people thinks he should leave NBA must supporting other team who couldnt score against Artest defense, atleast if he leaves the NBA they can play better. Come on!!! Play real and Fair Manly basket ball now….

    • Nathan says:

      Haha. What a joke. You seem almost as messed up as Ron Artest. Harden was getting in position to have the ball inbounded to him. Ron Artest proved once and for all that he is a child who is being allowed to play in a man’s game. What he did was sick, and he has absolutely no place in the league. He should have been suspended indefinitely. David Stern is a pushover, and is too afraid of Laker fan hate-mail. Actions like that that intentionally put someone’s brain in jeopardy are dispicable, and Ron Artest should be banned from the NBA. In the 80s, players weren’t throwing dead ball elbows to the temple of other players, and it certaintly wasn’t the norm to charge the bleachers and start fights with fans! Artest is the lowest of the low, and deserves to be cut-off from society.

  55. DP says:

    This level of punishment is pitiful. What does it take? Pull a gun on the court?

  56. Lord p says:

    Ron Ron might be Pleased by coming up with a 7 game suspension…probably Stu Jacskon is his buddy!!!

  57. Fred says:

    The league did not hand down the right length of time, he should have been suspended for the rest of the season. His action, intentional or not deserved a suspension of at least 15 games; safety as Stern said should be emphasized and hits to the head not tolerated. A longer suspension would have sent the message to MWP and the rest of the league to the seriousness of its efforts to ensure safety.
    As it stands the suspension is a joke and the league stance on safety needs to be reevaluated.

  58. Rage says:

    its hardens fault .. first of wall why harden get near to world peace? he knows the guy is crazy . .

    wait how bout wade intentionally hits kobe no suspension?

  59. argel says:

    alot of mwp haters here just like sekou the biased smith

  60. david deane says:

    what the hell is the league office thinking they got it all wrong. Metta Word peace , he should be suspended fot the rest off the season and the first twenty games of next year. How does it warrant a seven game suspension when he knocked the other player out who may miss the regular season and doesnt know when the doctors a re going to let him to play . i think they should rethink the suspension and listen to the PEOPLE

  61. Manu says:

    Are you kidding me?! A deliberate and vicious elbow to the back of the head gets only 7 games? Harden is lucky to be able to play again after such a hit…

  62. Dave says:

    I think Ron Ron got caught up in the moment. He wasn’t directing violence at Harden, but was just having an overly aggressive celebration. A suspension is probably warranted to discourage players from doing things on the court that pose an unnecessary danger to other players. The slow motion footage is a little deceptive, since it makes it look like Metta could have stopped himself once he made contact with Harden. But at full speed, you see that he is committed to the motion and not aware of his surroundings. Metta may be known for his “physical” play, but he is not known for taking cheap shots, and then denying it. If Metta meant to hit Harden, judging from his past actions, he would own up to it, and not pretend like it was an accident.

    • Smiley says:

      If the hit was intentional and he knocked out a player for no purpose what so ever, he would have proven himself to be a dirtbag, If the hit was unintentional and his first reaction to making unknown contact while running down the floor is swing his elbow really hard, he would have just proven himself to be an idiotic dirtbag. Either way he is a danger to other players.

  63. Jay says:

    Well i guessed no more than 6. Of course Stu Jackson had to one up me though lol. If the lakers play the nuggets and go 6 games and win, Metta will be back for the start of the second round with a harden rematch. Other players like Ebanks will get valuable minutes while metta will condition himself further and work on his 3 ready to join the battle. The Lakers will hopefully turn this into a positive! OKC should look to do the same.

  64. Robert says:

    Metta Worl Peace is not peacefull at all !! Who hits someone in the head like that with a viciuos elbow?!! He should get charged and forced to retire from the Nba for all the bad actions and choices he has made throughout his Nba career!! How disrespectfull! And belive me, I am the bigest laker fan ever!!! Very dissapointed in RON ARTEST!!!!!!

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      TRY WATCHING HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL INSTEAD. ONLY A BOYCOTT BY FANS WHO ARE
      SICK OF THE INCIVILITY IN THE NBA WILL BRING ABOUT ANY REAL CHANGE. MAKE THE SEATS SHOW
      WOOD OR METAL FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON AND YOU’LL SEE SOME BIG CHANGES IN THE NBA!

  65. chandler says:

    world peace? ya right

  66. Erik T says:

    Only seven games?!?!?! That is just BS. If he played for someone other than the Laker’s, he’d be sitting for a lot longer than that! Time for David Stern to retire and take his double standards with him.

  67. joseph says:

    why no pay what kind of BS is this -.-

  68. Tom Bedson says:

    Seven games, what a joke. Metta World Peace, [another joke] should have been suspended indefinately. That gangster
    doesn’t deserve to play another game in the NBA. If the NBA had a leader with any guts, that would have happened.

  69. labasmasok says:

    C’mon it should be at least 1 full season suspension. Or MWP should not be allowed to play on the comming playoffs. Games will be more physical during playoffs and he will do it again for sure.

  70. uh... yeah... says:

    IMO, Bynum should of gotten a 7 game last year with the foul on JJ. So not “too much” more like bynum got off easy.

  71. Jay says:

    League got it wrong. Punishment should out-weigh the crime, not equal to. Arrest should’ve been gone for playoffs. Excessive crime deserves an excessive punishment. Roger Godell gets it. He puts down a punishment so harsh that it really deters the next goon that wants to tell his players to hurt someone. I don’t think Stern accomplished that. I didn’t think Bynum got an appropriate punishment for his hard unnecesssarily foul on Barea. Maybe if Bynum had got say like 25 games, then maybe arrest doesn’t do this garbage he did Suday. So yes Mr. stern, it’s time for you to retired because obviously u have lost a step.

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      His last name is Artest-A-r-t-e-s-t. I CALL HIM METTA WORLD WAR BECAUSE OF HIS TRACK RECORD AS AN ANARCHIST ON THE HARDWOOD. FANS WHO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE KIND OF PENALTIES GIVEN SHOULD
      BOYCOTT THE NBA AND WATCH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL INSTEAD OF THE NBA.SEVEN GAMES
      IS NOT ENOUGH. A LIFETIME BAN SHOULD BE IMPOSED BUT DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH WAITING FOR IT TO
      HAPPEN.

  72. Celtic Fan says:

    Is that a trick question? It certainly wasn’t enough! Should have been suspended for at least two seasons

  73. jeff beck says:

    Bryant walks free, Bynum get a slap on the wrist. Now this guy gets a 7 game vacation? Uh, OK. We all get it.

  74. Domainsnext says:

    My question why did you include Bynum in your survey??? Laker hater.

  75. thomasbcrowley says:

    Metta World Peace – oxymoron, or just moron?

    Either way, this may give the young Nuggets just what they need in order for George Karl begin another accent towards a championship (albeit not this year)

  76. lemw says:

    The medical impact of the blow has yet to be determine. Seven game suspension justified maybe business wise but not medically.

  77. H2K says:

    James should come out and admit he plunged, Our Team will continue to win and MWP will be in uniform after a rejuvenating rest the next time we meet OKC.
    N.B. We will beat down OKC again

  78. Mr. Station says:

    Adrenaline is a helluva drug! MWP was hyped off of it and lost himself in the moment. I hope he does a better job of making split second decisions in the future. People can say all they want about he shoulda this or that but the bottom line, we all love being forgiven! I dare you to forgive him.

  79. Stern H8r says:

    BS….any other player on any other team would have been out for the rest of the season. Stern loves him some Lakers

  80. KindaLikeTheHeatles says:

    He should be forced to watch the last two games of the Charlotte Bobcats, from start to end :c

  81. abchome says:

    The next victim, be it a player or a fan, is going to sue the league.

  82. cherrypopper says:

    http://www.nba.com/2012/news/04/23/top-10-hits.ap/index.html
    …even the official page lists bynum’s check on barea as worse, so no way should ron-ron get more than 5 games !
    bynum was destroying a pure basketball play, with malice ;
    artest was obstructed in celebrating a pure basketball play, and because he was so pumped up (look at his eyes !) it accidentally turned bad…

    but ok, i don’t know how many of these 7 games are for history-reasons :-P

  83. Lordof6Rings says:

    Kobe got a broken nose and a concussion during a meaningless All Star game. The offending fouler, Dwayne Wade, received no penalty at all. World Peace’s punishment of 7 games is a bit over the top.

    • Promocean says:

      well said

    • Peter M. Arel says:

      I WOULDN’T FEEL LIKE PINNING A MEDAL ON ANY NBA WHO DID TO ME WHAT METTA WORLD WAR
      DID TO JAMES HARDEN OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER! METTA WORLD WAR SHOULD BE BANNED FOR
      LIFE! IF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN THE FANS WHO THINK METTA WORLD WAR’S PUNISHMENT WAS INADEQUATE
      SHOULD BOYCOTT THE NBA AND WATCH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL INSTEAD!

  84. Burr says:

    This is quite pathetic. Similar elbows would receive no more than 4 games yet because its metta and heaven forbid it was a thunder player he gets 7. Atleast it wasn’t blake griffin he hit because if he hit the leagues golden bot he would be out until next season.

  85. WhizKidKool says:

    And yeah Sekou, stop being a LAker hater . Why do I not see ” Kevin Love got away with just an ejection for a similar offense ” as one of the poll options ?

  86. Drexel Hall says:

    Talk about a slap on the wrist! Artest (oh, I’m sorry, “World Peace” lol) is a poster child for mental illness. He is a great talent but ready to explode at any time like he did Sunday. With his history of suspensions he should have at least been suspended for the rest of the season, if not forever. Shame on you David Stern!

  87. gabe says:

    Are you kidding me? That wasnt enough!!!!

  88. BFoulds says:

    Pathetic. Should have been ALL of playoffs at the very least, with no pay, along with 100k fine. HE COULD HAVE ENDED HARDENS CAREER OR LIFE with a blow to the back of the head like this.

    Shameful… just shameful.

  89. WhizKidKool says:

    It was stupid of Artest to elbow James and it was unnecessary . But Its so annoying to see the League come down on some players or francise . Kevin Love intentionally steos on Scola’s face and gets away with an ejection ….. Yeah, agreed Artest has a reputation that precedes him. But still if you claim to clean up the NBA, do a fair job at it .

  90. Kuroro says:

    You got served!

  91. Kyle says:

    Not enough. it should be like 12.

  92. Good suspension. Not to long and not to short. Will it effect they first playoff series?

  93. Fr3D says:

    As Delonte West said, basketball is not a gentlemen’s game, but hits like MWP’s on Harden need no apply, that’s an MMA or UFC move and shouldn’t be seen on a basketball court. I wish he got a bigger punishment but anyway. Moving on.

  94. newyorksteelo says:

    I am sorry to be so harsh here but based on the history of this player previously conducting himself in a similar manner, and based on the severity of what he actually did, I think he should have been suspended for the remainder of the season. A week is just not enough based on what these players make salary wise, and he is likely to do it again.

    • Coach Dee says:

      I’m too sorry for those who wanted more than 7 seven game suspension.

      I think they are just scared that the Lakers will face the OKC with MWP on the line-up again. Cry babies!

      • skrutz says:

        Really? I have no particular ties to either team, and I think he deserves a stiffer punishment. And yes, MWP on the court IS scary. No one wants to get a reckless elbow to the head.

      • metta gtfo says:

        that’s just stupid. its more likely the lakers are scared of OKC and told him to take harden down. he should go to jail for this.
        metta world peace gtfo. u and him are disgrace to basketball.

      • I agree I just watched the video over like 10 times harden clearly stepped into ron when ron was celebrating the dunk. Harden should just moved out the way real talk.

  95. Chris says:

    WTF he shoulda just got a red card