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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. tundra11 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Wow. More people defending this Artest thug. Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.

    • trollaikman8 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      I’m almost on the verge of saying it was 50/50 in terms of fault. Clearly Artest did not see Harden.
      The Gif don’t lie. He never looked in his direction once and the worst part about this entire event is that Artest could’ve injured anyone near him. Kobe, Pau, Bynum….This accident could’ve floored anyone. It just goes to show you that Ron Artest is like a pit bull that needs to be respected.
      Don’t ever get caught slipping like Harden. Dude was just celebrating a rare dunk. Just because it’s 2012 and Artest has a new name, doesn’t mean he isn’t the strongest dude in the NBA.
      In the NHL playoffs you gotta play “heads up hockey”…..

      Around Artest World Peace, you always gotta know that a bigger/stronger guy is within arms length and he won’t even realize that he’s hurting you.

      I’m just happy that Ilbaka came to his senses and didn’t do anything stupid.

      • 24thesho - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        I like Ibaka’s defensive game, but he’s the last dude who should be poppin’ any yang, after dragging his sweaty crotch across the top Dunleavy’s head while he was still on the floor, last week.

      • therealroman - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        come on you can’t seriously argue that he didn’t see/recognize him…”[…]You cannot watch the video with an unbiased eye and see it any other way.” true that
        and just cause he’s a strong dude doesn’t make this okay. basketball is a sport so it’s not okay to intentionally assault people, especially when the ball is out of bounds man

      • hatrhurter - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        he didn’t have to see harden, he bumped him THEN reared back and threw the elbow. you have other senses besides sight.

      • florida727 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        I’m with “htrhurter” on this one. Unintentional? Guess again. It’s NOT NORMAL to “celebrate” by throwing your elbows violently ABOVE shoulder-level… and specifically in the direction of someone who just made (slight) contact with you first.

        Face it, Artest is, and always has been, a thug. Too bad they won’t ban him from the game permanently. The sport is too awesome to watch to have crap like that involved in it. How ironic this idiot now has “Peace” as part of his trumped-up / publicity-seeking name.

    • scooter2the - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      Are you kidding me people –
      This has no place in basketball PERIOD or any sport for that matter! Ron Artest has proven on numerous occassions he cannot control himself. He needs to be kicked out of the league PERIOD. He could have killed someone and especially Harden with that blow and where it actually landed behind the ear. Shaq was the biggest and strongest in the league for years and never played dirty or hit someone like this regardless of how much he was mugged because he knew he could hurt someone real bad. It may be days before we know how bad Harden is hurt – the bleeding internally could be a problem based on the location of the blow. I am real glad thay did not let him back on the court. DAVID STERN – what are you going to do …. League respect and integrity are at stake here. If Ron Artest is back for any playoff game then I will be turning off the broadcast.

  2. mungman69 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Kick him out till next year

    • kimberlabell - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      totally agree!!!

  3. berbes - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    i’m thinking the defending of thug-ball says a lot about the ‘newer generation’ of nba fans, i guess. shit like that would’ve been met with harsh consequences if the coach was auerbach, or someone who had the stones needed to put babies in their place. the kids thumbing up this kind of behavior will eventually run lower on testosterone, but in my wildest days, i never possessed the kind of cold comments made by some scary latch-key kids in their teens & 20’s…can’t wait to see the kind of generation they spit out.

    maybe it was those play dates mommy set up for them or trophies for 5th place?

  4. bigblue1212 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Metta World War was ready to FIGHT! watch the tape! He’s dirty!

  5. spectacular2k4 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Harden always do that cheap play. Running towards the opponent who made a fast-break shot then flop. I’ve seen him doing that several times. Too bad, he did it with dirty bad boy artest. I do agree, mwp deserves disciplinary action on this one. And I hope harden will now stop that cheap strategy.

    • BigBeachBall - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      Finally, someone who recognized Harden’s subtle strategy to mess up Artest’s momentum on the run-back… it’s one of those little veteran tricks-of-the-trade used to get into opponents heads… artest wasnt having it….

      • jr9901 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:02 AM

        And…. what? And therefore Artest was somehow justified in assaulting Harden that way? Artest’s action was completely unrelated to the game. It was an assault, plain and simple. A crime, actually…. no one ever gave pro players immunity to attack each other like that. Why shouldn’t Artest be prosecuted for this? I can’t think of a reason. (And being “sorry” doesn’t change anything.)

      • baron30 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        actually he is just getting in position to receive an in bounds pass.

  6. abchome - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    He would have been jailed if he hit someone like that on the street.

    If he intended to hurt other player that bad he should be banned forever. If he just couldn’t control himself he should be suspended as long as necessary until he is “corrected” by some sort of professional help/evaluation.

  7. jgray30 - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    He threw an elbow. Harden is gonna be fine. Plz stop with these soft ass comments. Thats whats wrong wit the NBA today. Ron is one of the last tough players left in the league. Im not sayin what he did was right. Im just saying get over it. No way should he be banned, or prosicuted. A guy brings guns into the locker room is way more serious than this bs. Yall just hate the damn lakers plain and simple. U know how many elbows r thrown everyday in basketball? And yea playing it in slow motion 30 times dont make it any better….

  8. kobesmisstress - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Ron artest wasn’t the only one who got into that brawl in Detroit .. Cut it out.. He deserves a few games of suspension .. But not kicked out of the league or anything more than 5 games…

  9. jgray30 - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    And as far as what happened the Palace and Ron being a “thug”. The real thugs were the drunk fans who decided to walk their stupid asses to courtside and challenge professional athletes to a fight. BAD idea. They need to limit the amount of beer fans consume and it never would have happened..

  10. jgray30 - Apr 23, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    Shame on those who get drunk, run their mouth and throw things, and think they wont get beat down. No matter where their at. Some pple do have a screw or 2 loose. I gotta take that into consideration when u act a fool in public..IJS

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:09 AM

    When will people just admit this guy is a head case? He will ALWAYS be Ron Artest. The name change is a joke and a testament to how looney this man is.

    • gametight78 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      Artest doesnt even look in his direction how can anyone say it was on purpose. It goes against everything hes trying to create all the charity he donated all he haa been doing over the last few years. to call him a thug ect. Say he belongs in a prison. Your just going off his past. They had no previous fights they have no history they were not upset at each other. why would he just violently do something like that. I dont think it was on purpose but he should get fined and suspended

      • david0303 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        right after he dunks it hes looking straight at harden. and ur seriously telling me artest couldnt see harden standing right next to him with his peripheral vision when he starts beating his chest. if he couldnt see harden standing right there even if he wasnt looking straight at him how the hell could he possibly be in the nba. he wouldnt be able to see a damn thing on the court other than what is directly infront of him. and ive never seen a celebration on purpose when someone just starts throwing elbows.

        hes obviously trying to repair his image with all the charity work and all the doctors hes seen and i do think hes made a lot of improvement, but no one can completely change especially since hes been a nut case his whole life. its unfortunate that this one moment with so much emotion made him revert back to his old ways but hopefully this will lead to him getting more help.

        I think he deserves a 10 game suspension because what he did was just awful

      • andyhr17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        I know that after I make a big play I start throwing elbows at head level without looking who’s around me. Yeah, not intentional at all. We should all give the psycho who ran into the stands and started beating up fans the benefit of the doubt.

      • hatrhurter - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

        gametight, then you’re gullible beyond wors. he didn’t have to see them since they bumped BEFORE he threw the elbow.

      • gametight78 - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        So artest is acting when hes running down court not realizing that he just gave someone a concussion? He definitley knew he was there but what im saying is i dont think he meant to elbow him in the head. What reason or intent did he have to do that to harding? Usually when u hit someone you look to see what you did. Artest doesnt even look to see, dude just keeps running

      • andyhr17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        what reason or intent? He’s frickin crazy. Crazy doesn’t need reason or intent! Stop acting like Artest is a rational human being.

  12. marlin1894 - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Aside from the incident, what a game.

  13. monstoro15 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:53 AM


    James Harden couldn’t break Metta’s jaw if he has a sledgehammer. Metta would wipe the floor with Harden.

    • truprof - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      like that matters at all . . .

  14. spoiledbratswhosuck - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Strip away the uniform, the paycheck and the priviledges given by being an NBA player and most NBA players are dysfunctional…………

    children out of wedlock
    drug use
    and yes, assault.

    Bankruptcy, jail and going broke is just some of the things many will have to look forward to since they offer nothing to anybody once they are cut and the cheering stops.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    Any questions?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      I love people who point out all these things. I can walk down to the church down the street and find people in the pews battling those same things.

  15. 1historian - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Not that I needed it but – this is just another reason why I don’t watch the thugs in the NBA any more. And just look at the fans in the still – they’re SMILING.

    • 20dollardinners - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      1. If you don’t watch the NBA, why are you on ‘ProBasketballTalk’? I guess you just like reading about thugs? lol!

      2. The fans didn’t see the slow motion and detail we did. They didn’t realize how violent the elbow was (or if it was intentional).

      3. That’s racist. Seriously.

  16. loungefly74 - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    why did harden try to run up to mwp? yeah, this is not clear cut as most people would like to think it is…

    • bbil2012 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Ask MWP why Harden did that.He knows.I’ve seen him do it many times.Difference is he snapped when an opponent did it to him.
      He’s done a lot to overcome his issues.Sorry to see this happen.

    • andyhr17 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Your argument is “why was Harden so close to him?? What, you mean after running behind him on the fast break? I suppose you also think that when a girl gets raped she was “asking for it” because she wore a short dress or was at a bar with drunk guys.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        watch the replay. i have watched it tons of times. harden is behind him all the way…artest slams it and turns around…harden walks towards artest impeding his progress (which i’ll say again, the thunder have been known to do this tactic of defusing the opponent’s celebration). i’m not saying harden deserved this but he was playing with fire.

        …and your analogy was completely f*cking stupid. what the hell is wrong with you, man? you sick or something? sheesh. SMH…

    • hatrhurter - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      unless it was to punch RON ARTEST in the face, which having your hands at your side makes kind of hard, then yes, it is pretty clear cut.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        the point i was getting at (as other have mentioned)…the thunder (harden, perkins, etc) like to run up to opposing players after a dunk to give them some smack. yeah, i can’t hide the fact that ronron is a crazy mofo…but harden brought a knife to a gun fight.

  17. djbreeazy - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    For anyone commenting on this who doesnt think Artest saw Harden you’re on crack… Harden did nothing wrong – He was chasing after Artest to make a play if it so happened Artest hesitated rather then going straight up for the dunk. Thats something we call playing defense. Players bump into each other all the time after a play like that on a constant basis it has nothing to do with Harden being a flopper…Like really? For anyone to think he didnt see him and this wasnt intentional you’re moronic.
    Artest should be suspended for the entire playoffs. Guy is a mental case and I am willing to bet most of this “charity” work is a bad attempt at correcting the player he used to be and still is. DIRTY

  18. djones5176 - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Stop calling this idiot by that ridiculous name. There will never be “world peace” as long as he’s in it. Unless he’s actually commenting on the size of his favorite veggies – meta world peas. Yeah, that must be it.

  19. ss3walkman - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I think everyone’s reacting off the replay. If you watched it in actual gameplay when he did it you would see it was in celebration. I’m not even a Lakers fan but when I seen it in real time that’s exactly what I thought. Everything in slow motion looks like malice, in football or basketball. Now if it was Durant with that dunk and celebrated and did that everyone would say it was unintentional. He wasnt even looking at or towards Harden. IJS but don’t judge him cause of his past.

    • hatrhurter - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      sorry but he bumped the guy then reared back and elbowed. he knew where harden was and you’re just full of it.

      • ss3walkman - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        Keep it up and I’ll make you look like Harden

      • hatrhurter - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        well, you now look like artest, a big idiot.

      • hatrhurter - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        that the best you got? lmao, come to memphis and find me.

    • truprof - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Bullsheet, he raised his elbow up to Harden’s head level, then he threw the elbow at his head. Completely intentional!

      • ss3walkman - Apr 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        He never once looked at Harden. He was lookin at the crowd the whole time. That coulda been one of his own teammates. Harden shouldn’t have been tryna steal photo opps!

    • hatrhurter - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      if you can find me i’ll give you the first shot for free.

  20. jaymidd - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    This guy is a complete idiot. David Stern’s gonna have fun with this one. I’m gonna enjoy watching him sit out for awhile.

    Furthermore, In honor of RON ARTEST, I’m going to change my name to “Cure for Aids” and promptly go around and inject people with the Aids virus.

  21. pastorstevelarson - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I do agree that MWP should be fined and suspended, but there are two points I would like to make.

    First, MWP has made a serious attempt over the years to get control of his anger problem, and for the most part in recent history has become a different person. I am shocked and saddened by this, but, in my view, it doesn’t undo the serious work both on and off the court he has done over the years.

    Second, what was harden doing sticking his face next to mwp? It looked to me like he was leaning in.

    Still MWPs fault. No question about it, but I don’t know that Harden is blameless in this fiasco.

    • truprof - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Players get physically close to other players all the time without any retaliation. Harden’s proximity to MWP in no way justifies any kind of retaliation, much less an elbow to the head.

  22. alh88 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Ron Artest should be suspended for as long as Harden is out with a concussion. He should also be made to pay as much in a fine as the Thunder have to pay him on a daily basis until he can return to action. In this case it should be an eye for an eye no doubt.

  23. miguel3557 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I’ve seen the clip many times, and Artest/World Peace should be banned from professional basketball. First and foremost, this has nothing to do with the “work” Artest has done on himself. It’s about the safety of other players. He had no right whatsoever to do what he did.

    To those who say Artest didn’t see Harden, Harden was touching him at the time. In fact, that’s why Artest did what he did. His out-of-control ego led him to explode to get rid of the man who was touching him, who was showing disrespect after he dunked on Ibaka (not) and Durant (not).

    He has hurt far too many people along the way apart from his completely disgraceful behavior at the Palace. He is an animal who is a clear and present danger to other players. He has earned his retirement; he should be banned from the NBA right now.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      if you think ronron should be banned…then they should have banned the entire Piston’s squad in the late 80’s.

  24. leeann10 - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    ss3walkman – you aren’t really serious about it was in celebration, are you? You must not have watched the multiple replays indicating it was vicious and intentional. Ron Artest is still Ron Artest, regardless of the silly name change. pastorstevelaron, it looked like Harden was “leaning in” to that “unintentional” elbow swing? If Harden had been Kobe Bryant, and some thug player elbowed Kobe, do you think there would even have been a question about “leaning in” and “unintentional” and “only celebrating? I’ve seen videos of felony assault charges that weren’t as “unintentional” as this elbow to the side of the head.

  25. mlblogscubfanbudman621 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Yea, I always “unintentionally” wind up my arm and have full follow through when I “bump” somebody..
    just another Thug Nug lying about his intentions.
    Suspend the FOOL the rest of season, including playoffs and suspend him 25 games next season.
    Nice name change NUG!

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