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Metta World Peace suspension splits the pundits (Web links)

April 25, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers forward Metta World Peace, right, is confronted by Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka seconds after elbowing James Harden (out of the picture).
Lakers forward Metta World Peace, right, is confronted by Oklahoma City's… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that Metta World Peace and James Harden were interviewed by the league office before handing World Peace a seven-game suspension for his elbow Sunday on Harden.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that the Lakers and World Peace were lucky the suspension wasn't more severe.

--Fox Sports' Greg Couch paints World Peace's suspension in nuanced terms. His punishment should've been more severe, but World Peace isn't suddenly the old Ron Artest.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that sports fans can't have it both ways regarding World Peace's aggression.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins believes World Peace lost control at the worst possible time.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix blasts the NBA for not handing down a more severe punishment to World Peace.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes the Lakers need a team effort to absorb World Peace's absence.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne believes the NBA made a measured decision with its punishment and credited World Peace for his charitable efforts.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details World Peace's suspension.

--Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel explains how World Peace's competitiveness is his biggest strength but also his biggest weakness.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the punishment was fair.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano is tired of all the talk regarding World Peace's suspension.

Tweet of the Day: "Thanks for the invite Conan O'Brien. Today was not good timing for me to do your show.... I wanted to do comedy but not much is funny now.." -- MettaWorldPeace (Lakers forward Metta World Peace)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Looks like my Lakers dodged a bullit. If things break their way, they will limp into the second round with the full team intact. Could have been a lot worse. After seeing the replay, I thought he may lose half of next season or more. Hope Metta can get it together during the rest of his career." -- JimE46

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