When I first saw Metta World Peace throw that elbow to James Harden’s head, I thought he would draw a two-game suspension at a minimum. In the 24 hours since, I have been wondering whether I set the bar too low.
There was no word as of Monday afternoon from the league office on how long the former Ron Artest will be banned for his most egregious act since going into the stands and fighting fans during the infamous brawl at the Palace.
After that cataclysmic event, Artest was called into the office of commissioner David Stern to be read the riot act. As Dean Wermer would say, he’s on double-secret probation.
But would the league office give Artest such a harsh penalty that it would jeopardize the Lakers’ chances of getting out of the first round of the playoffs? Remember, the Lakers are good for business, and the NBA is a business — although that business did just fine last year when Los Angeles was swept by Dallas in the playoffs.
No doubt some of you have a small office pool going, and I will do you the favor of setting the over/under at 3 1/2 games. Wager amongst yourselves.