Remember when Metta World Peace was suspended days after he hit Brandon Knight, and just hours before a game?
Well, the NBA did it again on Thursday. Metta was given a retroactive flagrant-2 for his elbow making contact with Kenneth Faried on Monday night's game against the Denver Nuggets.
It wasn't a huge deal at the time, but after the game, some people started to complain, and since it involved Metta and an elbow making contact with another human being, he was given the flagrant-2.
With this newest foul, he is now tied with Dwight Howard for the most flagrant fouls in the league, at five.
Now, according to the rules, if he gets a flagrant-1, then he'll get a one game suspension, and a flagrant-2 will get a two-game suspension, according to Eric Pincus.
Metta is so huge to the Lakers defense, though his shooting has been a bit of a detriment as of late. You have to love how he always plays his heart out, with no ego getting in the way. He may be a bit overly aggressive, but that's what makes him such a defensive presence.
What would be disastrous is if both Metta and Howard faced suspension in the same game, since they're on the foul cusp.
Due to his history, and just the overall way he plays, it's unlikely that he'll avoid suspension.
It's a bit baffling that it takes the NBA so long to assess these fouls, especially when there was no foul called at the time, and they're deemed pretty severe fouls retroactively.