So much for that Citizenship Award.
I didn’t get a chance to watch the Laker vs OKC game last night as I was on a flight back from the Big Apple, but once I made it home, Facebook and ESPN were buzzing over Metta World Peace and the devastating blow to James Harden.
Harden, who left the game with a concussion, was leveled by MWP after he dunked and celebrated his scoring play.
Below is the video for your viewing:
Though most people feel that MWP hurt Harden intentionally, I believe that he was instead caught up in the excitement of his play, knew someone from the opposing team was next to him and wanted the guy out of his way during his celebration.
Do I think Metta knew it was Harden? No. Do I think Metta meant to elbow Harden as hard as he did directly in the back of the head? Not at all. I mean, if you look at the clip, MWP wasn’t even looking at Harden. ESPN’s Andrew Kamenetzky seems to agree – “Truth be told, I don’t think Metta really meant to “hurt” Harden as much as he meant to elbow him, if that makes any sense.”
So what does this mean for MWP? Suspension is definitely in the cards for him but the duration is unknown.This suspension couldn’t come at a worse time for the Lakers, especially with the first round of playoffs starting soon. MWP who has been playing well this year, is much needed for the Lakers to be successful.
Kind of unfortunate for a guy who’s been trying to turn his life around and leave the “Malice at the Palace” image of him in the past.