LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder lies on the floor after being hit by Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers as referees separate Thunder and Lakers players at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Metta World Peace Has Returned: Could A James Harden Vs. Ron Artest Rematch Be Next?

Metta World Peace has been suspended seven games for his elbow to Thunder guard James Harden, whose status remains uncertain.

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Metta World Peace Returns: Could James Harden Vs. MWP II Be Next?

Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest has served his punishment as his seven-game suspension that was dealt by the NBA is now over. The Los Angeles Lakers will look to get their mercurial forward back integrated into the lineup and their strategy as game seven looms on Saturday night versus the Denver Nuggets.

What does game seven mean to Ron-Ron and fitting back in with the Lakers? Glad you asked:

"(Saturday) is more about, kind of like all bets are off. All in. Whatever we have to do as a team. It's not about what I can and what I can't do. It's about really what I'm going to do."

On what playing in game seven means to MWP:

"Every series is seven games, that's just the reality of the NBA playoffs. That's why it's so exciting. It's exciting, seven games. It's just a part of the playoffs. That's why NBA is entertainment. Seven games is entertainment for the people. For us, we just go out there and play and do what we got to do."

If the Lakers can pull off the victory on Saturday night, then the prospect of a rematch (so to speak) between World Peace and James Harden seems inevitable. Prepare for the storylines to flow to no end about the elbow, the suspension and all the drama that comes along with it. This could get interesting.

However, the Lakers still have to win versus the Nuggets. Lets see how that works out first.

For more on this game Thunder fans should check out Welcome To Loud City and Lakers fans should visit Silver Screen And Roll. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Metta World Peace Won't Contact James Harden To 'Stay Competitive'

Even though Metta World Peace says that his primary concern regarding his recent seven game suspension is about James Harden’s health, the Lakers player isn’t doing anything to check in on him — all in the name of “staying competitive.” In his first public comments since he elbowed the Thunder guard last Sunday night and caused a concussion that has kept him out since, World Peace said he was focused on coming back from suspension and staying focused.

“I see James in the summertime sometimes, playing basketball. Through a third party I got wind that he was OK,” World Peace said at the Lakers’ training facility in his first comments to reporters in three days. “We’re probably going to see each other in the playoffs potentially, so I really didn’t want to do any direct calls. Stay competitive. But through a friend, they said he was doing OK.”

At the very least, he also acknowledged the nature of the hit. “Ooooh, it was a brutal elbow,” he said. “I saw it [on replay] and I was, like, ‘My God,’ immediately.”

“I didn’t lose it. It was bad timing for me. Physically, it was bad timing for Mr. Harden,” he said. "Who could write up a left-handed dunk and then all of a sudden somebody’s right behind you. It’s hard to draw that up and to plan something like that.

“It was just the worst timing for me. The way I’m feeling right now, back to that elite level. It’s funny because a lot of guys that were able to guard me early, they have no chance now. They can’t guard me. It’s just the worst timing for me right now. But I’m happy that James is OK.”

Harden is expected back for the NBA playoffs.

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Kobe Bryant: Metta World Peace Suspension 'Is An Unfortunate Situation' For Lakers

As the Los Angeles Lakers gear up for the 2012 NBA Playoffs, they will likely be a man down for most if not all of the entire first round given the seven-game suspension handed down to Metta World Peace. NBA commish David Stern gave World Peace his punishment last night for hitting James Harden with his elbow on Sunday night that resulted in a concussion.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant had a few words for the press about the entire situation and resulting suspension, but refused to speculate on the actual hit itself.

“It’s hard to get into a guy’s head and know exactly what happened in that situation,” Bryant said. “I haven’t really spoken to him about it. You’ve really got to ask him.”

While Harden has yet to return, Bryant did say that World Peace would have to stay focused in his time away from the team.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Bryant said. “James, from what I hear, is OK. As far as Metta goes, he has to focus on himself, and however many games they give him, they give him. He just has to be prepared, and when he comes back, just step right in and be ready to go.”

Bryant also noted the team lost him at the wrong time given that the roster had come together quite well in recent days.

“He was playing extremely well,” Bryant continued. “It happened. When he comes back, he’s going to be playing the same way he was playing before he left, if not better. He’ll have time off. He’ll have a chance to get in even better shape. He might be better when he comes back.”

For more on this game Thunder fans should check out Welcome To Loud City and Lakers fans should visit Silver Screen And Roll. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Metta World Peace Suspended 7 Games By NBA, David Stern Cites History Of Violence

Forty-eight hours after James Harden went down with a blow to the head that caused a concussion from Metta World Peace’s elbow, the punishment that many predicted finally came out last night with NBA commissioner David Stern’s announcement that the Lakers’ player would be suspended for seven games. Given his history as Ron Artest, the league had no choice but to make it a lengthy one.


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"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," Stern said in a statement. "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."

World Peace insisted after the game that he did not know where Harden was at and that he was caught up in the moment. He also apologized after the game. However, others believed it was intentional and Magic Johnson, former Lakers icon and Hall of Fame player, came out publicly saying it was a "cheap shot."

Depending on the appeal process, a very shallow Lakers roster could suddenly be even more so through the first round of the upcoming NBA playoffs.

For more on this game Thunder fans should check out Welcome To Loud City and Lakers fans should visit Silver Screen And Roll. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.


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James Harden Injury Update: Metta World Peace Gives Thunder Guard Concussion

The official report is coming back from the ridiculous elbow that Metta World Peace put on James Harden in today’s game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. While the Lakers put the hurt on the Thunder in the standings with a come from behind, double-overtime win, they also specifically hurt James Harden who has a concussion according to SportsCenter reports.

World Peace came out after the game and immediately said that he hoped Harden was okay.

“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace said. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.”

Harden is the front runner for the Sixth Man of the Year Award and would be a major star if not for the spotlight already being hogged by Durant and Russell Westbrook. As for World Peace’s history of violence in the game, that well-known history should require no detailing.

For more on this game Thunder fans should check out Welcome To Loud City and Lakers fans should visit Silver Screen And Roll. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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