Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  15 responses

David Stern: 7-Game Suspension for Metta World Peace ‘the Right Number’

David Stern offered NBA fans and media an explanation as to how he arrived at the decision to suspend Metta World Peace 7 games for elbowing James Harden in the head. From the NY Daily News: “World Peace’s unprovoked attack on Oklahoma City’s James Harden on Sunday in a nationally-televised game was ‘reckless and dangerous,’ in Stern’s view. [...] ‘We knew that seven (games) at this time of year was even more severe than it would have been in the regular-season,’ he said on his annual pre-playoff conference call. ‘It’s only one game lost in the regular-season, but he’s out for most, if not all, of the first round. That did factor in. It does take into the account the fact that the perpetrator is who he is and has the record he has and it called for, in our view, a very stiff penalty.’ [...] ‘My job is decide … what is justice here and what is fairness here,’ Stern said. ‘And I came up with seven. Seven seemed to be about the right number, with full knowledge that six or eight could be justified.’”

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  • Bravo

    He told me only 1 game

  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/seattle-arrest-questions-cops-dash-cams/story?id=15595576 Allenp

    Seven was fine. I was surprised at how fair it felt. Stern made a good move.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Well, it’s funny that Stern feels he has to explain. Bill Plaschke of the LA Times put it best, the Lakers got off lightly and the conspiracy theorists will have a field day. But it’s done so it is what it is. Stern should just pray that Artest’s next incident occurs when he’s out of the league. (or Stern no longer commissioner)

  • Hubie

    At least 7 games or until Harden returns in good health.

  • doyouwantmore

    So if you’re making rich people richer its okay to assault someone at work. You just get some time off.

  • N.S. Ugezene

    David Stern is a Laker fan. That’s what makes this “fair.” Let him have done that as a Sacramento King and he woulda been gone for the rest of the season, playoffs included. Stern is a joke like 9-1-1.

  • http://abcnews.go.com/US/seattle-arrest-questions-cops-dash-cams/story?id=15595576 Allenp

    Are we going to compare this to a regular job now?
    Oh, ok cool. Does that extend to every thing?
    Last time I checked, the entire sport of football is assault.
    Just like boxing.
    Don’t forget fights in hockey or baseball.
    But ok then.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    “David Stern is a Laker fan”
    That explains the nixed trade to make them insta-favorites…

  • mad703

    if stern was laker fan then Cp3 would be a laker you moron please keep stupid comments to yourself and spare us the reading pleasure!

  • allan wilion

    Stern screwed the lakers when he took away cp3
    His lame excuse is pathetic
    NO would have been far better off with the players Lakers were sending than the players from Clips
    It is a clear conspiracy
    Now Again Stern strikes
    Artest is no saint that is obvious. His record as a thug is clear. but he has changed. In fact, he is too kind too peaceful.
    Harden got in his way. Artest was in a euphoric state and knew someone was on his back. He aimed with his elbow which is the only reason why this is semi justified.
    But 7 games is anti Laker. It is not anti Artest.
    A disqulification of 3 games based on track record is justified.
    Seven is punative to the Lakers.

    This means that next time that Perkins elbows someone out for the 7 games. The same with the Boston team. The same with anyone who tackles Blake Griffin.

    Right now Stern is shaping NBA to make sure Lakers lose. Call him what he is a manipulator.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^ha ownership

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    that was for lakeshow’s comment

  • bike

    Seven was choosen because it represents the number of deadly sins.

  • http://BleacherReport Dominic Lirios

    As usual, David Stern is short on Solomonic Wisdom. Remember when Steve Nash was manhandled in the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs a few years ago, and because of some “rules,” common sense was thrown out the window? I believe that Metta World Peace should be suspended at least the same number of games that James Harden misses, if not twice more!

  • Gary Arakel

    @ Dominic Lirios

    James Harden was cleared yesterday from the doctors and coaches to play. So MWP’s suspension should ended today?
    The fair punishment could be 5 games for M W P and 3 games for James Harden for initiating the contact with absolutely no reason, because the clock was stopped at that time.
    But the commissioner is a “Lakers fan” and that is why Meta got 7 and Chris Paul is playing with the Clippers now.