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Harden has concussion, World Peace apologizes for “unintentional” elbow

Apr 22, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

That is a whole lot of follow through for something unintentional.

That blow above gave James Harden a concussion, according to Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. Which means to get back on the court he is going to have to be cleared by the league neurologist after passing a battery of tests. That could happen before the playoffs, or maybe not. Concussions are things that heal on their own schedule, one we don’t really understand.

After the game, Metta World Peace (the baller formerly known as Ron Artest) apologized for the elbow. Here is his direct quote.

“On that play, I just dunked on Durant and Ibaka, and 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.”

Lakers staff stepped in and made sure World Peace did not answer any reporters’ questions.

Caught up in the emotions of the moment or not, that elbow was simply unacceptable — and it was intentional. You cannot watch the video with an unbiased eye and see it any other way.

The question is how many games he is suspended (my guess is five, but more would not be a shock).

Without their third best player — and best shot creator — the Thunder went on to lose 114-106 in double overtime to the Lakers.

113 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. chiadam - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Speaking of elbows, why did no one ever refer to Elway and Tebow as Elbow? Isn’t that what we do now? Combine two names into one? And now it’s too late.

  2. mlblogscubfanbudman621 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    This dumb nug should be arrested for assualt and battery! If the league does not suspend him the rest of the yr and into next season, the league deserves this Thug Nug and others like him!

  3. caldreaming - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    That goofy explanation and apology is as believable and sincere as the one made by the killer of Trayvon Martin.

  4. glink123 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Artest’s total lack of accountability makes me wanna puke. He’s a pile of dog crap.

  5. chargerzz - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Kobe blows

  6. ocho - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I can’t believe this Donovan McNabb guy, what a total ass!

  7. decimusprime - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Has anyone thought that maybe because MWP wasn’t looking but did feel someone on him, like had that been anyone tall, the elbow would have just shoved the tall person out of the way? It is to bad harden took a blow to the head, and even worse MWP feels the need to do that. suspension yes, ban no.

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