NBA drops the ball by allowing Metta World Peace to play in Game 7
This is where my problem lies with the suspension. I know the NBA players union fights for its players when it comes to any disciplinary actions, so it's hard for the NBA to make specific suspensions that may impact a playoff series. The thing is, one of the 7 games he was suspended for was the meaningless regular season finale. If the NBA really wanted to make a statement, his suspension should have started in game 1 of the postseason, which would have prevented him from playing in the first round at all.
Now I know Laker fans don't want to hear that, and I understand your feelings. However, if the Lakers want a repeat offender like World Peace on their roster and representing their organization, then shouldn't they also be penalized for taking a risk by putting him on the court in the first place? This guy has zero remorse and is a complete misfit who is bad for the game. The guy is a time bomb and you never know when he will explode.
How many more chances does he get before David Stern tells him to find another way to make a living? No, instead Stern wastes his energy wanting to fine defenders who flop. Are you kidding me? How about just properly training the officials so this can be prevented? If charges become blocking fouls or no calls--flops go away. Simple. How about fining players for taking bad shots? I'm behind that movement.
Another thing that makes you laugh about World Peace. When asked about playing Harden and OKC in the next round, He said "I don't shake substitutes' hands". He then went on to talk about where he grew up in Queens bridge and downplayed the impact the OKC crowd will have on him. The guy is really insane.
I just feel the NBA dropped the ball with his suspension. Do I feel it would've changed the result of game 7? I'm not sure. He did score 15 points and provided his stellar defense, which I'm sure factored into the Nuggets struggling to score and shooting under 40% for the game.
What's to say this clown doesn't target a player in this upcoming series against OKC? Will he just get another 7 game suspension? Wake up Stern!!!!