Metta World Peace received a flagrant 2 foul retroactively from the NBA… (David Zalubowski / Associated…)
The NBA giveth reprimands retroactively as well as taketh them away.
Two days after rescinding a technical foul on Kobe Bryant, the league office assessed a flagrant 2 foul on Lakers forward Metta World Peace for hitting Denver's Kenneth Faried in the face with his elbow Monday.
No foul was called on the play by the game officials when it occurred in the final seconds of the third quarter. Had World Peace been given the flagrant foul at the time of the contact, he would have been immediately ejected.
"I do not want to complain," World Peace said Thursday. "I don't want to be in the media complaining for guys coming up my back and smashing me.
"I do have a teeth mark in my elbow. I can tell you that. I don't know what happened."
World Peace's latest infraction moved him into a tie atop the league with teammate Dwight Howard for flagrant foul points. Each player has five, meaning one more flagrant foul would trigger a suspension.
If either player commits a flagrant 1 foul, the lesser of the two offenses, he would face a one-game suspension. A flagrant 2 would result in a two-game suspension.
World Peace said he wasn't worried about picking up another flagrant foul because he rarely contends with players as aggressive as Faried.
"Everybody don't come as fast as he comes to the offensive glass," World Peace said. "He's tough."
The flagrant foul count starts over in the playoffs, assuming the Lakers qualify.
The next time he gets into trouble, Golden State guard Klay Thompson might have to deal with another entity besides the league office.
Lakers radio analyst Mychal Thompson said he would consider deducting money from his son's allowance to punish him for "major infractions" that transcend the scuffle Klay got into Tuesday against Indiana.
That's right, Mychal controls Klay's finances to help ensure he doesn't fritter away his money during his NBA career.
Mychal Thompson initially said on ESPN radio that his son's allowance would "show up a little short this week" after the league fined him $35,000 but said Thursday he had changed his mind.
"I figure he's suffered enough with the $35,000 fine tacked onto his technical foul," Mychal said. "I think I'll just let him learn a valuable lesson."
Not that Klay won't feel the financial wrath of his father should he commit a more serious violation.
"For major infractions, unsportsmanlike conduct, yes," Mychal said. "You have to keep your composure on the floor even when things are falling apart all around you because you only hurt yourself when you hurt your team in those circumstances."
How might that go over in the Warriors' locker room?
"They would be merciless," Mychal said.
Howard, who missed the London Olympics while recovering from back surgery, said he would like to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.