The NBA didn’t pull any punches, so to speak, in suspending Metta World Peace for seven gaames after his elbow, which caught fellow basketball player James Harden flush, and caused a concussion
Commissioner David Stern considered Peace’s track record and the viciousness of the hit on Oklahoma City’s Harden, who has been held out of several regular season games because of the injury.
“I can tell you that it’s some combination of art and science,” Stern said during a conference call with the media. “We look at the previous penalties. We look at who’s involved in the altercation. We do take into account the seriousness of the injury and whatever else was in the atmosphere, and then it just becomes my job to decide what it should be. If I were looking inside from without that, I would agree with everyone who has an opinion, but at the end of the day, it’s my job to make the decision and then move on, and hopefully we can.”