April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) is ejected from the game by referee Gary Zielinski (right) after a flagrant foul on Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (not pictured) in the second quarter of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Metta World Peace Suspension: Lakers Forward To Miss 7 Games

The Lakers have one regular season game remaining, Thursday in Sacramento.

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Metta World Peace Visits The Conan O'Brien Show To Talk About Suspension

In an admittedly poorly timed interview on the Conan O'Brien show that aired Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace answered questions about his suspension for elbowing Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden.

"When it happened, you know, I didn't realize he was that hurt until the day after, because guys in the NBA flop. So I called some third parties, and they said he was OK.

"It's so competitive, you know, I wanted to make sure he was OK first, so I did that. But to call him to make sure he's OK? I didn't want to do that."

There's a sorry hidden in there somewhere but only MWP could tell you where it is. The elbow cost the veteran forward seven games which could include the first game of a semifinal matchup against that same Thunder team if the Lakers can wrap up their current series with the Denver Nuggets tonight.

As for how MWP felt right after the actual elbow occurred, he claims that he didn't really know what his elbow had hit.

"I felt something, but I didn't know it was his actual head."

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David Stern Comments On Metta World Peace Suspension

NBA commissioner David Stern made his first public comments on the suspension of Laker small forward Metta World Peace after his vicious elbow. And they give us a clearer in-depth look into the thought process Stern underwent to making World Peace's punishment a seven game suspension.

It does seem to confirm what we all believe: The suspension would have been far tougher on World Peace if he had decided to swing his elbow at James Harden two months ago, possibly up to ten to fifteen games. But because of the importance of every playoff game, it makes sense that the suspension wouldn't be quite as lengthy.

The Lakers will definitely miss their starting small forward, as now Devin Ebanks and Matt Barnes will be charged with trying to hold down the fort until World Peace is eligible to play once again (after six playoff games). The Lakers are drawing either the Nuggets or the Mavericks in the first round.

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Lakers Will Miss Metta World Peace, But Suspension Not End Of The World

The playoffs loom, and like any team, the Lakers are verified as one of the best teams in the west. But the worrywarts are already panicking in Los Angeles after a seven-game suspension was handed down to Metta World Peace after viciously elbowing James Harden. This was worthy of a 10-game suspension, and anything less than a harsh penalty would have been not only an insult to Harden but unacceptable.

Even though World Peace will miss seven games, the Lakers won't miss his presence. So without him, it's really not a big deal. The fiercest scorer on earth is Kobe Bryant. Yes, aka, the Black Mamba. The best clutch performer on the planet is Bryant. The greatest finisher around is Bryant.

And fortunately, now without World Peace, the Lakers aren't necessarily in trouble and still can survive, as long as Kobe is a facilitator and a dynamic superstar that we are used to witnessing. He's fully rested after sitting on the bench and recovering from a shin injury. And on Sunday, the day he returned from the injury, he dominated near the end of regulation and put on a show in overtime as the Lakers pulled out a 114-106 victory in double overtime.

Kobe is the star of the Lakers, so it's not the end of the world without Peace.

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Metta World Peace Suspension: Past Behavior A Factor In Punishment

The NBA levied a seven-game suspension to Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, for his elbow directly to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden.

World Peace landed the elbow in the second half of the Lakers' double-overtime victory Sunday, a blow that sent Harden to the floor where he laid for a few minutes before walking off on his own power. The unintentional elbow was ruled as a flagrant 2 on World Peace, and he was ejected from the game while Harden suffered a concussion.

"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 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 the world knows, he was involved in one of the ugliest brawls in NBA history and was banned for 86 games in 2004 for jumping into the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a game against the Detroit, fighting fans after a beer was tossed at him.

The suspension is another learning lesson with hopes to remind World Peace of his prior history. The playoffs are quickly upon us, and unfortunately, World Peace will miss the Lakers' regular-season finale and their first six playoff games. It's not a good time for the Lakers, and they can't afford to lose a player of his caliber. Matt Barnes, Lakers reserve small forward, won't travel to Sacramento and will nurse a sprained right ankle he suffered in Sunday's game.

This season alone, World Peace has been an instrumental piece, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists on 39.4 percent shooting. Late in the season, he was a beneficiary in the offense, amassing14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

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Lakers' Metta World Peace Suspended for 7 Games

Lakers' forward Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) was suspended seven games without pay on Tuesday by the NBA, following an incident during Sunday's 114-106 win against Oklahoma City in which he elbowed Thunder guard James Harden in the head late in the 2nd quarter. Harden missed the rest of the game with a concussion.

Said NBA Commissioner David Stern: "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. 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."

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak released following statement upon receiving the news of the NBA's announcement of the seven game suspension of Metta World Peace:

"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 judgement 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."

The Lakers final regular season game takes place on Thursday at Sacramento, which means they'll have to do without their volatile guard for at least the first six games of the playoffs. This is World Peace's 12th career suspension.

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Metta World Peace And Los Angeles Lakers Await NBA Ruling

The NBA did not announce the likely suspension of Metta World Peace on Monday.

According the Mike Bresnahan at the Los Angeles Times, a decision on Tuesday seems like a "strong possibility."

The Los Angeles Lakers forward elbowed Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden in the second quarter of Sunday's game. World Peace was immediately ejected from the game. Harden suffered a concussion from the play and did not play in the rest of the game.

Lakers spokesman John Black told reporters that the team will comment on the incident if the NBA makes an announcement.

The Lakers final regular season takes place on Thursday at Sacramento.

In his 12 career suspensions, World Peace has only served one suspension in his three seasons with the Lakers. This sole suspension in Los Angeles came when the then-named Ron Artest clotheslined Dallas Mavericks guard JJ Barea in the 2011 NBA playoffs.

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Metta World Peace Gives Statement To Reporters Following Ejection From Sunday's Game

Just before halftime in Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Metta World Peace threw an elbow that connected with James Harden and knocked both players out of the game. World Peace was ejected as a result of a flagrant two call, while Harden was unable to continue playing.

Following the game, World Peace made a statement, but did not take questions. The Lakers forward claims the incident was "unintentional." Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register relayed the statement via Twitter.

I got really emotional, really excited. And it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow.

I hope he's OK. The Thunder, they're playing for a championship this year. So I really hope he's OK, and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden. Such a great game, and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time.

Ding states that World Peace was advised by Lakers spokesman John Black not to field any questions. He will likely face disciplinary action for the incident.

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