With a new name and a new outlook on life, Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace was supposed to be a new man. He’s always been a conscientious guy, but he was going to be a better teammate, a better player, and an overall better person. However, with one cheap shot last night, he may have undone all the good things he’s been trying to do this year. After a huge dunk over Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka during the second quarter of last night’s double-overtime game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Lakers, World Peace was running back up the court when he ran into James Harden and gave him an elbow-smash that would not have been out of place in the WWE. If you didn’t see it, the video is below. Warning: it’s pretty nasty.
“I got real emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow,” said World Peace in the wake of the incident. ”I hope he’s OK. Oklahoma, they’re playing for a championship this year. I apologize to the Thunder and James Harden. It was just unfortunate.”
James Harden was on the floor for about a minute before he was able to be taken off the court. As for Artest/World Peace, he was thrown out of the game. The Lakers won 114-106 in double overtime, but with one game left in the regular season, that’s a terrible time to get a suspension for multiple games. It’s also a terrible time to take an elbow to the face and get a serious concussion; then again, there’s never a good time to get your brain scrambled.
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