Posts Tagged ‘Lucius Allen’

Tie Suspension To Harden’s Recovery

CHICAGO — Jim Barnett got clocked a few times in his six-team, 11-year NBA career, but never harder than when Milwaukee’s Bobby Dandridge intentionally nailed him in the temple with an elbow in a playoff game in the early 1970s. “That was the worst,” Barnett, now a broadcaster for the Golden State Warriors, said recently. “Because I was out. Jon McGlocklin was with the Bucks – I had played with him in San Diego – and I said, ‘Jon, I have no idea where I am.’

“He said, ‘I’ll just throw the ball to Oscar [Robertson] and Lucius Allen.’ And for, like, three possessions up and down the floor, he didn’t try to beat me or anything. Swear to God, in a playoff game.”

Reminded about the incident, McGlocklin smiled and said, “I don’t think I was ever that nice.” But Barnett appreciated his sportsmanship – he was trying to keep what almost certainly was a concussion hidden from Warriors coach Al Attles – and felt even worse once his head cleared: “I started to feel OK and I hit a jump shot [against McGlocklin], and I felt badly about it.”

We might hope that Metta World Peace and James Harden reminisce someday about the ugly, frightening incident Sunday that put Harden out of Oklahoma City’s lineup and left World Peace, the Lakers’ tightly wound forward, awaiting what is expected to be a significant suspension and possibly fine.

Late in the first half of their matinee game at Staples Center, World Peace swung a wild but seemingly well-aimed elbow that slammed into the back of Harden’s head, drawing gasps from those who saw it both in real time and via endless replays ever since. The flagrant-2 foul ended the game for both men — Harden initially tried to return after halftime but was sent back to the locker room, while World Peace was banished for the vicious blow.