What penalty should the Lakers' Metta World Peace pay for his vicious elbow to James Harden's head? The Oklahoman's NBA coverage team and our readers weigh in.Berry Tramel:
Metta World Chaos should be suspended 10 games. That would be a clear message that even something as big as the playoffs won't stand in the way of corrections. A 10-game suspension would go beyond the Lakers' first-round series, perhaps to a second-round series against the Thunder.Jenni Carlson:
I'm not sure I agree with an indefinite suspension, but it needs to be a long one. I say suspend Ron Artest -- no way he deserves to be called Metta World Peace after this -- through the first two rounds of the playoffs. There's a good chance that if the Thunder and Lakers are to meet during the playoffs, it would be in the second round. No way Artest should be allowed to play in that series because, hey, there's no way to know if Harden will be back by then. It's an-eye-for-an-eye sort of penalty. And after the viciousness of that hit, a suspension through the first two rounds seems more than fair.John Rohde:
Metta World Peace should be suspended indefinitely. The clock should start ticking on his formal sentence the moment James Harden returns to the court -- at the point, add three games. If Harden returns during the regular season (not likely), MWP should be suspended for the Lakers' final regular season game on Thursday, plus the first two playoff games. If Harden returns in two weeks, MWP returns in two weeks and three games. If Harden doesn't return, neither does MWP, who is suspended the first three regular-season games of the 2012-13 season.Darnell Mayberry:
Five games. It was a bad play and looked to be intentional. But Harden is OK judging by his brief attempt to return to the game, and the elbow didn't incite an all-out brawl. Those two things should, and will be, taken into account. A five-game suspension is plenty. Because we're not talking about just any five games. Four could be playoff games. That's significant.