The more I see the replay of the Lakers’ Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) elbow to the head of the Thunder’s James Harden, the more I think a suspension for the remainder of the Lakers’ season — including however long the playoffs go for them — is in order.
Plus a big fine that would go to head injury treatment and research.
Harden tweeted today that he feels OK, but may have a concussion that could keep him out for several games and could affect Oklahoma City’s postseason.
Artest has a long track record of misbehavior on the court. Many who know him say he’s a good guy, but that doesn’t excuse unacceptable violent and dangerous behavior that has no place in basketball.
And this is no exaggeration: If that elbow’s just a little bit higher, Harden could have been killed.
If Roger Goodell were commissioner of the NBA, Artest would be gone, perhaps indefinitely, not to return until a visit to the principal’s office.
Breaking news update: He has been suspended seven games. Obviously from the above, I don’t think that’s long enough if the Lakers advance past the first round of the playoffs.