Metta World Peace Suspended 7 games for Elbowing James Harden
Wednesday , Apr , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Metta World Peace Suspended 7 games for Elbowing James Harden

The Lakers’ Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games without pay for striking the Thunder’s James Harden in the head with his elbow, the NBA announced today. [...] “The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”

The suspension will begin with the Lakers’ next game at Sacramento on April 26. The remaining games of the suspension will be served over the next six games in which the player is eligible and physically able to play, including this season’s playoffs.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Justice wasn’t merciful.

Today, the NBA dropped the hammer on Metta World Peace by suspending the Los Angeles Lakers forward seven games for his lethal elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunder swing James Harden.

Harden is listed as day-to-day with a concussion and could return tomorrow or miss several months. There’s no set timetable for such an injury.

Peace, to his credit, immediately apologized to Harden and the Thunder, but tried to say the incident was an ‘unintentional’ outpouring of emotion after a dunk.

Say what?

The NBA, specifically Vice President Stu Jackson, deserves criticism for past rulings -just ask Phoenix Suns fans about the bitter taste from the Amar’e Stoudemire suspension so many years ago. This, however, is not one of them.

Peace’s elbow, intentional or not, has taken out the Thunder’s third best player and designated game-changer off the bench. Their chances at a championship aren’t the same.

The only fair punishment is to have Peace sit for a lengthy period. One or two games wouldn’t be 'stern' enough, especially if Peace returned to the court while Harden recovered.

So the NBA got this one right. Sadly, two of the league’s top teams, the Lakers and Thunder, won’t be at their best when the playoffs begin.

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Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Ellis to Buy Grizzlies; Move team to San Jose?

Californian Larry Ellison, ranked as the third-richest person in the U.S., has inquired about buying the Memphis Grizzlies with apparent hopes of moving the team to San Jose. But team owner Michael Heisley on Saturday downplayed the possibility of a sale — and of a relocation, citing a lease that ties the franchise to Memphis and FedExForum until 2021. “I can’t downplay it enough. If it happens I’ll be surprised,” said Heisley, a Chicago-based billionaire who added that talks had not become serious.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Be afraid Memphis.

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley will say one thing and do the opposite -especially if he can make a profit.

Consider his track record.

Years ago, the Chicago businessman promised to keep the Grizzlies in Vancouver, even singing the Canadian national anthem at the season opener as a show of good faith.

Privately, behind closed doors, Heisley was sabotaging things so he could move the franchise as soon as possible.

He stopped selling season tickets so attendance would fall. He cut ties with the community. He alienated sponsors. And he stopped communicating with fans.

The reason? Heisley could justify the move to Memphis if he could kill the Vancouver market.

At the time, Vancouver was an average NBA market. The Canadian dollar was low; the area’s economy was in recession. On-court, the team was an unmitigated disaster because of GM Stu Jackson. Not surprisingly, the team only drew about 15 thousand fans per game.

Ironically, the situation improved once Heisley left. Today, the Canadian dollar sits at par; Vancouver’s economy is strong because of oil, gas, and an influx of Chinese money. Fans would support a decent product -the city’s NHL team has a string of 380 straight sell-outs.

Heisley was too narrow-minded to see the light, though. He took the tax breaks and ran to small, poor Memphis, where he has lost millions of dollars.

And Heisley will show no loyalty to Memphis if Larry Ellison’s offer is high enough. He won’t care if selling the team to the Oracle CEO results in the Grizzles leaving for San Jose.

Once a jerk, always a jerk. Just ask Vancouver.

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