Basically, we've missed out on a chance to preview what Metta World Peace's early retirement will be like. We'll just have to settle for his antics in Madison Square Garden and the NYC night life. Hopefully that will be as entertaining as Chris Paul on the Lakers could have been.
All is not lost for the Lakers, even if it's unclear when it will be found again. Here are five crucial moves the team should consider to get it back.
Super Kobe. Kobe Bryant has put the Lakers on his shoulders scoring 47 points last night in their win over Portland. The Lakers, at the moment, are in the playoffs.
As the February 21st trade deadline approaches, the Lakers must make these decisions very quickly; for if they do not, they put the five to ten year fate of the franchise in jeopardy.
Perhaps non-celebrities should consider following the path of Metta World Peace by naming a child after a cause, rather than a vegetable. If it's a slow news day this might be your opportunity to become a quasi-celebrity.
A shower of sports crowd hisses and jeers can sometimes be a good thing. Indeed, it is upon occasion absolutely required of the responsible fan.
Everybody's talking 'bout Sus-pension, no pension, criticism, gamemanshipisms, One game, or two games, six games, no seven games...
The Lakers are desperate to find a way to prevent their season from ending. So what's the solution? The same guy who pissed off millions of viewers with a heartless attack is the unsung hero turning things around.
I'm all about second chances. And third chances, because hey, I'm not perfect either. But for Mr. World Peace, the elbow mistake was the icing on a very large cake baked from a long, sordid history of NBA citations, fines and suspensions.
Welcome to TV in America, where violence, no matter how malicious or senseless, is just fine but sex is decried, maligned and verboten in all but the most secure corners of the schedule. TV's ban on sexuality not only covers scenes of nudity or sexual acts, but our very language itself.
The attempts to ostracize Metta World Peace, who's been such an ambassador for mental health awareness, are just ignorant and mean spirited. He was removed from the game, he's been suspended, now leave him be.
Whether with baseball and steroids, basketball and greed, or football and "pay-to-injure," the stakes and competition of sports have outpaced classiness, noble intentions and decorum.
Without a doubt, the members of the NBA union would be safer and would be better represented and protected if David Stern had come down harder on Metta World Peace.
Sports oxymoron headline of the year: "World Peace turns violent." Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) connected with an ugly elbow thrown at James Harden of Oklahoma City and got himself ejected from the Lakers double overtime win.
The Women's World Cup gets underway Sunday in Germany. Remember when the U.S. ruled the roost? You knew 'em on a first name basis. Mia, Brandi. That was oh so 12 years ago.