Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games by the NBA for swinging an elbow that connected with the head of Oklahoma City guard James Harden in last Sunday’s game.
World Peace will miss the Lakers’ regular-season finale Thursday at Sacramento and their first six playoff games, the NBA announced Tuesday. He will also forfeit $347,849 in salary. If the Lakers are eliminated from the playoffs in under six games, World Peace will sit the remaining part of his suspension at the start of next season.
It marks the 10th time since 2003 that World Peace has been suspended by the league.
World Peace was ejected from the Lakers’ 114-106 double-overtime victory when he aggressively thumped his chest after dunking and then threw an out-of-control left elbow at Harden, who was unable to continue in the game because of what was later determined to be a concussion.
In the chaos immediately after the incident, World Peace struck a pose almost like a boxer as Kevin Durant and teammate Serge Ibaka angrily approached him near midcourt. Referees had to step between them.