Don’t worry, peace will remain during the duration of the next seven Lakers’ games, mainly because the artist formerly known as Ron Artest will be nowhere near a basketball court.
In a shockingly lighthearted move, even by NBA standards, the Commish and co. have seen fit not to kick World Peace out of the NBA after the crazed star dropped a bow on OKC sixth man James Harden’s dome last Sunday. Instead, World Peace will receive a seven game suspension, which kicks off tomorrow night against the Kings and carries over into the first round of the playoffs.
What. The. Hell.
Seriously, guys. Seven games? Ask yourselves this: if another player, say, CJ Miles, had gone all nuclear on someone a little more higher up than Harden, like, say, Kobe Bryant, would he have received a similar coddling? Probably not. The powers that be would wipe out all record of Miles’ existence and then outlaw the mention of his name – friends, family, co-workers … all would be destroyed. The Utah Jazz organization would disappear under a cloud of ash after the NBA’s missile attack. Any and all members of the Utah Jazz fan base (except me since I’m pretty sure no one actually reads this stuff) would find themselves wanted fugitives and would have to sneak behind Mexican or Canadian borders and live off the wilderness to survive. Yeah, it would be that bad.
But since a Lakers’ player, one who has shown good signs of mental progress after going bat-shiz crazy against Detroit fans whilst donning a Pacer uniform in 2004, casually elbowed an opposing player in the face while (supposedly) promoting nothing but good will, the NBA let him slide.
“We need the Lakers to make a championship run in order to boost revenue,” said David Stern before his PR adviser reminded him that his mike was still on.
Perhaps getting kicked out of the league is a bit extreme, but seven games just seems silly. It’s not like the guy went up for a rebound and came down accidental like – and it’s not like Peace was going up against a softie like David Robinson who just happened to be near his over-sized arm (take that Malone haters). Peace blatantly dropped the ball on Harden’s Mohawk – giving him a concussion in the process – and then ran to the other side of the court with a huge grin on his face. Only after refs blew their whistles did Peace turn around and act concerned.
Here’s the video in case you missed it:
And here’s a video of K. Malone’s shot to Robinson, for which the Mailman received only a single game suspension:
Are these two videos the same? As a Jazz fan, I’m gonna say no. Malone looks extremely apologetic after the event … but in any case, it was a similar gesture to that of World Peace’s. The only difference is World Peace’s past history compared to Malone’s. While the Mailman played physical ball (he famously split open Isaiah Thomas’s skull and drained all intelligence from the man), he never set out to intentionally hurt anyone. World Peace has proven time and again that his mental stability is sorely lacking.
Check out this video, and tell me if this man belongs in the NBA: