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Harden not yet cleared to play; no word on World Peace suspension

Apr 24, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

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As of Tuesday afternoon, it looks like the concussion suffered at the elbow of Metta World Peace will keep James Harden out Tuesday night.

He sat out Tuesday’s shootaround and continued to undergo the battery of tests needed to get cleared after suffering a concussion under the new league policy, according to

Coach Scott Brooks said he would not make a call on Harden’s status for Tuesday night’s game against the Kings until closer to game time.

“He’s just going through the process, the league-mandated process. We’ll know more later on,” Brooks said.

Harden has not spoken to the media but tweeted: “”Im solid. Feeling good. Appreciate y’all for checking on me!!”

Brooks also said that while the Thunder are locked in at the two seed in the West for the playoffs he planned to play his regular rotations, although key players could see reduced minutes.

Meanwhile, World Peace and the Lakers continue to wait for word from the league on what the suspension for World Peace will be. The league is not under pressure to make a decision as the Lakers do not play again until Thursday.

Reactions around the league have been all over the place. There are some calling for World Peace to be out through the playoffs. The consensus seems to be at least five games maybe up to 10, impacting the Lakers in the playoffs.

Mark Jackson, current Warriors coach and former NBA player, told he lands on the lenient side.

“I don’t think you can say that it was intentional. You can guess that it was intentional — the footage shows that it was somewhat intentional,” Jackson said. “But at the same time, I think that he is the same way that we treated him as Ron Artest in the past, and said what his body of work said. We also have to treat him as Metta World Peace.

“He’s done a very good job of putting his life back together and being sane on the basketball court and not having any issues. That being said, a punishment has to go forth. I’m not one of those guys that say ‘the rest of the way’ and ‘no playoffs’ and all that. I think that’s drastic. You punish him a couple of games and you move forward.”

“Somewhat intentional?” Next time I do something stupid, I’m going with that. I’ll let you know how it works.

  1. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    So at the very least this is excessive celebrating?

    I think Mr. World Peace…sheesh, I’m sorry but even the name change is ridiculous. This guy needs therapy. Many, many, many months of therapy.

    • llfreedman - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      He has a long time therapist. Remember when he thanked her after winning the championship?

      watch the Outside the Lines story about her:

    • conjecture101 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      you’re ridiculous, you should be banned from commenting.

  2. rexismybff - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Funny one from the Jim Rome show on Monday – an emailer said Metta should change his name again – just add the words “of crap” to the end:

    Metta World Peace of Crap

    The problem is there may not be room on the back of the jersey for all the stitching.

    • conjecture101 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      jim rome is a narcissist who handpicks garbage like this to put on his show. Typical bitterness of people who wish they had talent at something.

  3. meroyero - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Almost everything Mark Jackson says is idiotic. I’m so glad he’s not a commentator anymore.

  4. shockexchange - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Metta World “Punk” was obviously a fan of Rufus R. “Freight Train” Jones growing up. If the commentators had said “Kids … Don’t try this at home,” the pro wrestling motif would have been complete >>

  5. davidly - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Well.. as someone who saw the Malice differently than anyone else (still do) I gotta say I am judging him for this incident only, and I don’t think he should play again this year. I’m having trouble not thinking it should be longer.

    It’s a shame. IF the Lakers had a chance, he’d’ve been key; just like he was key to their second championship. But the league shouldn’t let that crap fly.

    And Kurt: While I think you nailed it pretty good with the “intentional, but not premeditated” – knowing Harden’s mo (slowing a player in the backcourt), I wouldn’t put it past someone to try to “school him for it”.

    • conjecture101 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      you’re either delusional or someone who shouldn’t be watching professional sports, my guess is both.

  6. hoytdadd64 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Look, it was intentional no doubt about it. But was it his intention to clock Harden in the face and knock him silly? No one knows, but I don’t believe it was. 6 inches lower and he would hit him in the back and just sent a strong playoff message. Watch the video clip again, it looks like Ron is going to trow his elbow in a downward motion but since Harden is trying to be all up on him it forces his elbow to go high. Let’s not forget what Hardens intent was getting the close to a celebrating Artest.

  7. leitrim - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Not being a basketball fan and witnessing this asult –this indiviudal needs lots of help and a 30 game suspension. I did not realize that kind of violence existed inthe NBA–this guy does not belong in the nba but perhaps a mens league in Attica.

  8. nightrain42 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    He shld b punished, but 5 games is plenty. Rip Hamiltom was looking at Dirks head the nite b4, swung open fist and hit him in his shlder. He wasn’t fined or even thrown out. MWP never made eye contact with Harden. And to b totally fair, why did Harden run into MWP anyway? It was a inbound play, LA wasn’t pressing, so what, u run into coverage? 5 games is plenty

    • hatrhurter - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      and not making eye contact matters how when you physically bump someone then throw an elbow? he knew where harden was cause they had bumped so eye contact doesn’t matter.

      • hoytdadd64 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Eye connect would matter if your asking yourself about intention. Was his intention just to hit Harden or to hit Harden in the head? Again going back to the recent Heat vs Bulls game, James Jones had Noah in his eye site when he through a hockey style check at him. His intention was clear. He sized Noah up and wanted to deliver a punishing blow. Artest fells someone bumping into his side and throws an elbow not knowing where it would hit. Yes I know he shouldn’t have thrown it. But Harden shouldn’t have been bumping him like that either.

      • hatrhurter - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

        the intent to hit harden was enough. if i close my eyes and fire a gun does it matter that i didn’t mean to shoot anyone? no. am i still responsible for the results? yes.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    He should and will play Game 1 of the first round. You pussified types are a product of this new era of Pussification of America — overreacting (not undoubtedly led by Mike Breen’s 20 minute rant during the game after the elbow). Just stop.

    • berbes - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Ms. Wright, sooo wrong.

    • truprof - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Just stop? Follow your own advice. And you can now reinsert your head up your a$$.

  10. ezmagic - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    He wound up his arm all the way back. He didnt care where the elbow was going to land. He’s the dirtiest player in the league. Ever… At least Malone swung his elbows to clear space. He never wound it up and swung it after a score. If he landed that hit on hardens neck he could of killed him. Hell even that head shot can kill someone. Ban this peace of crap for life. He’s still crazy no matter his name.

    • hoytdadd64 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Easy there magic, no need for the could’a killed him talk. This wouldn’t even be an issue had Harden not got that close to Metta. And what’s the difference between having the ball in your hand or not, swinging an elbow to clear space is all the same and it happens all the time. As far as the dirtiest player in the league ever, how long have you been watching the NBA? Cause I could make a list of players that could fight for that spot. And for the man you just called a piece (not peace) of crap for life, well he is the only player I’ve ever known of to sell his championship ring for charity. Not many if any of your classy players have ever done that!!!!

    • conjecture101 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      You’re full of ____. Malone gave Isaiah Thomas 40 stitches on a blatantly intentional forearm to the face. He received a one game suspension and that’s what World Peace should get.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    These slags posting here are embarrassing.

  12. cweb8123 - Apr 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    So lets say he only get two to five games and harden is out longer, is it fair the lakers get their player back before okc gets theirs? How bout five plus how every many harden has to miss.

  13. tampajoey - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    World Peace of SHlT

  14. geo59 - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Two came suspension at the very most. And this only because the result was a blow to the head. If it hadn’t hit Harden’s head I’d say one game suspension. People let themselves be influenced by the commentators and Mike Breen or who ever it was started immediately judging Metta based on his opinion and how “disappointed he was the Metta was having a relapse”. Breen is a condescending idiot. I agree with a couple of comments above: What was Harden doing in Metta’s face like that after a made basket? Harden is a jerk, the new Bruce Bowen. And he’s following Perkin’s lead, who is one of the all-time jerks in NBA history. The Thunder are trying to play an intimidation game, have been since Perkins arrived. Personally, I was glad to see Harden get clocked. Not only was he out of line getting in Metta’s face but he was stupid to be messing with Metta anyway.

  15. exhelodrvr - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    At least he didn’t say “Elbow down, man down”

  16. lakerluver - Apr 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Darn it, MWP!! I’m a LAKERS fan and I just can’t believe or condone what he did. Just no excuse for it. I appreciate MWP for helping the LAKERS win a title but I think he’s done in L. A. after this season.

    • tibbs7 - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Not a Laker fan but I always respected the organization. Now with thugs like MWP, Bynum and Barnes I think it would be hard to cheer for them if they were my team. I hope the Lakers turn it around and become a class team again but this is a different group of execs than in the past.

      By the way, what is wrong with conjecture101?

  17. leeann10 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Ron Artest received a 7 game suspension for the vicious elbowing of James Harden of the Thunder. Since he “didn’t know or see who he elbowed because he was still celebrating” means: since he “didn’t know, he could have been elbowing Kobe. Now, if he had elbowed Kobe “because he felt someone there”. Artest would have been suspended till this time next year. Those of you who say Harden was leaning in have obviously not watched the replay over and over on every news, sports or sports commentary show. Ridiculous, inexcusable, and definitely not a long enough suspension since no one knows how serious Harden’s concussion might be.

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