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It’s official, Lakers Ron Artest suspended for Game 3

May 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

As was expected, the NBA has suspended Lakers forward Ron Artest for Game 3 of the Lakers series against Dallas.

The reason was Artest smacked J.J. Barea across the face with his forearm near the end of the Lakers Game 2 loss. It was deserved. Watch the video at this link if you haven’t seen it, but this is fitting.

It also leaves the Lakers in a bind — it means more play for the Lakers bench, and so far this series the Lakers bench has stunk up the joint. In Game 2 the Lakers bench provided 12 points on 6-of-23 shooting, as many turnovers as assists plus some bad defense. To be fair, in Game 1 Lamar Odom came off the bench and was solid, but Barnes, Steve Blake and Shannon Brown were not.

Look for Barnes to get the start, but that means Dallas can shift the longer Shawn Marion on to Kobe Bryant, leaving Jason Kidd on Barnes. It’s all not good for a Lakers team with some real issues this series down 2-0 (having lost both games at home).

  1. SmackSaw - May 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Oh…NOW he gets suspended.

  2. smackingfools - May 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Awesome!! We might win a game now.

  3. denverhoopdreams - May 5, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    I thought that clothesline was awesome to be perfectly awesome. Barea is a little punk. Thumbs down this if you like what I’m saying;

    • denverhoopdreams - May 5, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      Wow, I didn’t think 30 people would support that.

      • denverhoopdreams - May 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        Yeah Passerby, I’m a total Lakers fan. CHECK YOUR FACTS.

    • oumoonunit - May 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      What has Barea ever done to justify being called a punk? I understand that people wouldn’t like a 5’10” white PG getting to the rim against them, but when has he ever been a punk? I’m not a Mavs fan, but he is fun to watch. I will root for any small man doing it.

      • passerby23 - May 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

        Nothing. It’s a bitter Laker fan using any excuse to justify even the worst behavior. Artest being out allows Marion to roam free now. The Lakers really have to step it up in Game 3. They better hope Matt Barnes brings it.

      • rapmusicmademedoit - May 5, 2011 at 7:32 PM

        he is Puerto Rican, Borricua

      • denverhoopdreams - May 5, 2011 at 9:31 PM

        Passerby see my reply to my post. Thanks.

  4. goawayeverybody - May 5, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Ron Artest is absolutely the dumbest box of rocks in the league.

  5. rempokesfan - May 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    A tad hard to tell whether the poorly referenced “it” in the sentence “It was deserved” indicates that the writer thinks Berea deserved the smack across the face, or that Artest deserved to be suspended.

    Here in Dallas, it looked like Berea was smacked because Artest didn’t have balls enough to smack anyone bigger. Since the NBA doesn’t have a “cowards corner” to send him to, suspending Artest for being an bully AND and idiot makes good sense!

    The funnier part of the video clip is watching Odom react to being kneed in the ‘nads by his teammate!

    Way ta go, Ron – get thrown out, get suspended and geld your fellow Laker!

    (As if the Lakers weren’t impotent enough!)

    • rempokesfan - May 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      “…AND and idiot” would have made more sense as “AND an…” – who’s the idiot now, eh?

  6. captainern - May 5, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    glad to see those anger management classes are working for the idiot boy!

  7. phatgary - May 5, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Many NBA players are only gang members, thugs and bullies who have grown up playing basketball. This incident is an example: if the smaller man is beating you at the game….take him out with a blow to the face. Then walk away as though everything is OK. Then protest when the penalty is imposed. I am surprised anyone really cares about pro basketball or pays to see these thugs. How many people in the league have a clue as to what “sportsmanship” might be?

    • passerby23 - May 6, 2011 at 12:51 AM

      Let’s not go overboard here. Just because someone has a rough upbringing doesn’t necessarily make them a thug. There are a lot of guys in the league who have matured and are great sportsman. Artest is not one of them.

      And we care about pro basketball because it’s the most talented players in the world playing to decide who the best team is. You wouldn’t be here commenting if you didn’t care.

      • neeciekay - May 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        I agree with you 100% passerby. This guy is one of those “haters” that probably got beat up by the captain of the basketball team, OR, better yet got cut from the team himself! What kind of a stupid comment was that to make? It was unfounded and racist. It’s that kind of thinking that has this country in the state that it’s in right now!

        WE WATCH THE NBA (like any other sport) TO SPECTATE AS THE BEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD COMPETE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT!! If you don’t like it “phatgary” stay off of websites relative to it!

    • neeciekay - May 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      This is for “phatgary”, where in the world of biggots/racists did you get your info about NBA players being “thugs/bullies/gang members”?? You sound like every other loser that can’t jump, run, or stand BLACK MEN criticizing the NBA. As if the NFL, NHL, or MLB doesn’t employ ex-offenders, or current law-breakers! You sound realy racist to me, and others I’m sure. Is your personal beef wit NBA players at all relative to the fact that Blacks dominate the sport? Hummm, sounds a lil KKK’ish to me. Would you be so critical if YOU, or others that looked like could play basketball as well as the majority of the All-Stars in the NBA? Nevermind, don’t answer that, you already showed your horns when you made that stupid, unfounded, and racist comment.

  8. cleareye1 - May 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Artest has been given too many opportunities to see the light. Cash him out.

  9. miguel3557 - May 5, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    An NBA court is not a cage where Artest can practice mixed martial arts. Ron Artest is a petulant child in a man’s body. He’s more than just an embarrassment; he’s a thug whose violent acts are repulsive to anyone with an IQ above 65. I read in another blog stating that his clothesline act was just a “hard foul.” That’s utterly stupid BS. Artest wasn’t trying to block a shot or steal the ball or intercept a pass–he just threw his forearm into Barea’s face as Barea was dribbling 75 feet from the basket. A six-foot, seven-inch man struck a man almost a foot shorter than he for no reason except Ron was upset and frustrated that his team was about to lose.

    For all his attempts to rehabilitate his image as someone suffering from mental illness, Artest has repeatedly showm how badly suited he is to play professional sports. He is the antithesis of a good sportsman. He should be suspended for the remainder of the playoffs at the very least, required to attend anger management counseling, and, if it were possible, required to attend classes on what being an adult is all about.

    • denverhoopdreams - May 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      I don’t think what he did constitutes a whole playoff suspension. That’s going a little too far. I mean they didn’t suspend Perkins for holding Nene in a choke hold. There is a complete grey area in the NBA. And they have already set a precedent in the playoffs in Orlando that a one game suspension is punishment for these kind of things.

  10. orb1943 - May 5, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    cleareye1 sums it up perfectly. Many of the players behave like thugs on and off court. If the NBA wants to clean up the league they need to take out the trash.

  11. davidly - May 6, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    It was unsportsmanlike, but I wouldn’t call it hateful or violent. He knew as soon as he did it that he f’d up, which is why he tried to play it off. Busted. The punishment fits the crime in this case.

  12. delius1967 - May 6, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    Can we get a moratorium on basketball players being called “long”? What is wrong with “tall”? Calling players “long” or “longer” sounds like Freudian slips on the part of sportswriters.

    • davidly - May 6, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      I think they mean tall, in addition to having a particularly long wingspan. I agree that it sounds weird. But sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Unless it’s Isiah Thomas, when he used to call games and would say, “Luc Looooongley.”

  13. berbes - May 6, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    a denver comment that makes a lot of sense, especially if you’ve gone to a game there…complete nba moronic fanbase. drink more redbull and vodka, sonny.

    • denverhoopdreams - May 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM

      Makes a lot of sense? Apparently you’re taking me way to seriously. Why is it that the people that don’t ever post on here on a regular basis come into some posts and make it personal?

      By the way, Denver is way more of a tequila shots city. Redbull and Vodka is way played out, and besides… Isn’t that what everyone calls the Staples Center? The Redbull Vodka capital of the world?

      Besides when have you ever came to a Denver game? We’re pretty humble. You just overthink my satricals.

      • denverhoopdreams - May 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM

        Satiricals*!!!! 😦

  14. phatgary - May 6, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I am not certain that you all understand my frustration. I don’t think a 1-game suspension cuts it. He should be gone for the rest of the season – whether it’s the 1st game or the playoffs. Tell him we’ll consider reinstatement during the offseason. What happened shows not just a lapse in sportsmanship, but a complete void of sportsmanship. Now you have a precedent I think fits. If there are any other thugs who can’t comprehend this – get ’em gone…and quick. Then we’ll talk sport and basketball. Right now we need police and attorneys just to go to a freakin professional contest. That doesn’t impart much enjoyment in my opinion.

    • davidly - May 8, 2011 at 3:15 AM

      That’s fair enough. I understand your frustration completely. And if you’re REALLY willing to treat all the flagrant twos that have occurred in these playoffs, I would agree with you (that includes all the flagrant ones which should have been twos).

      But what I personally don’t think is fair and that maybe, just maybe, you are not taking into consideration is:
      The number of plays where someone takes cheaps shot on par with this one are a lot greater than catches the eye (camera). There an awful lot of folks out there who don’t realize just how dirty all the top defenders are. If you were to enact this punishment on all of them equally, there would be no defense.

      Folks like to see Artest as some kind of bogeyman. By the standards you set forth here, phatgary, there is at least one Wallace that should have received this treatment for what he contributed to the “malice in the Palace”. Unfortunately, though, having doled out the proper punishment in that case would not have contributed to the Osama bin Artest story-line.

      • phatgary - May 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

        Thank you davidly, for a balanced and well-presented argument. Most frustration is from seeing game outcomes dictated by physical and mental intimidation rather than basketball skill. My paint brush was too wide. Thank you, again.

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