Quantcast
Latest Stories

NBA: Lakers’ World Peace ejected for violent play



LOS ANGELES – Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles forward formerly known as Ron Artest, was tossed from the Lakers’ game against Oklahoma City Sunday for an elbow to the head of Thunder forward James Harden.

World Peace – who legally changed his name in September – had just jammed in a dunk that pulled the Lakers within one point with less than two minutes left in the first half when the incident occurred.

He beat his chest with his fist in celebration of the dunk and turned to head for the other end of the court.

He swung his left elbow and connected with the head of Harden, who fell to the floor.

Harden eventually rose and departed for the locker room. And officials had to separate players from both teams and assessed World Peace a level-2 flagrant foul after watching a video replay.

The flagrant foul assessment could carry a suspension, but all such fouls are reviewed by NBA league officials to confirm the punishment is deserved.

His loss would be a blow for the playoff-bound Lakers. After a sluggish start to the season, he has averaged 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in April.

The Lakers, who lead cross-town rivals the Clippers in a race for third place in the Western Conference, went on to erase an 18-point second-half deficit to beat the Thunder 114-106 in double overtime.

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant had six of his 26 points in the second overtime.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 35 points, but the Thunder failed to gain any ground on San Antonio for top spot in the Western Conference.

Despite his choice of name, “Peace” hasn’t always been a hallmark of the former Artest’s career.

In 2004, he received one of the longest NBA bans in history for his role in a brawl with fans in which he raced into the stands in Detroit.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Basketball , Metta World Peace , NBA , Sports

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFH3CDZSZKVLX4G74PJOQ3L64U Natx Bacalzo

    World Peace, Yes. But basketball court peace? Hmmm NO. 8)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6VX6SXBATJ44KNZWB7YL6GUX4A John

    that’s the new meaning of his new name – META WORLD PEACE means HARM and VIOLENCE!

  • generalproblem

    hehehe nalimutan nya ibig sabihin nung name nya. dami talagang baliw sa amerika kaya kahit may offer sa akin mag work dun tinanggihan ko kasi baka mabaliw din ako. dito na lang sa ako bukid fresh air pa

    • venfil29

      owwwwssssssssssssssss

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

    there is no truth to the rumour that this Lakers player is again changing his name ,maybe to …
    World War !

    • Ka_Beesy

      ARMAGEDDON is a more interesting name!



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Palace: Lacson’s version of Napoles testimony to be evaluated
  • Scientists eye iceberg bigger than Guam
  • Drilon: I’m not on Napoles’ list
  • Sonar finds 1888 San Francisco shipwreck
  • Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  • Sports

  • Promoters Dela Hoya, Arum in talks for Pacquiao-Alvarez—report
  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern
  • Suns’ Goran Dragic win NBA’s Most Improved Player award
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Lifestyle

  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Entertainment

  • Smithsonian wants photos, videos for ‘Day in the Life of Asian Pacific Americans’
  • What Garcia Marquez left behind
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Business

  • How ‘one percent’ economic elite was uncovered
  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • Embassy advisory: Filipinos still need visas to enter US
  • No travel restriction to Mideast, DFA clarifies
  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • Marketplace