Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) has been suspended seven games by the NBA for the vicious elbow he landed on James Harden Sunday at Staples Center, as reported by Y! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarwoski.
While many analysts and fans were calling for a more severe penalty, seven games for MWP seems fair given the violent nature of the elbow as well as World Peace’s actions following the incident. Harden was diagnosed with a concussion and has yet to be cleared to play.
Peace will miss the Lakers final regular season game Thursday at Sacramento and a portion of the playoffs. The earliest World Peace would be able to return is in game 7 of the Lakers first round series, or into the second round if the series does not go seven games.
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