Metta World Peace Got Screwed By David Stern
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking
madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech,
gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke
stands up for Metta World Peace.
I have a message for NBA overlord
David Stern: Free Metta World Peace. The seven game suspension
against the player formerly known as Ron Artest was excessive. It
proves that there are only three real manly sports left: Boxing, MMA,
and hockey. Professional basketball has gotten softer than Dairy
I want to see the league go back to the good ole days when physical defense was always tolerated. Instead, we get selective enforcement from the NBA because the league goes out of its way to protect the superstars, but is quick to drop the hammer on throwback players like World Peace.
These days, all the players are into a buddy buddy system. Everybody wants to be friends. After the season is done, they all go play in each others celebrity charity games. Old school coach Pail Silas of the Charlotte Bobcats was doing the right thing when he shoved his player Tyrus Thomas in the locker room for commiserating with Boston Celtics players after another loss. The NBA was better when we had the bad boys of the Detroit Pistons, whose hard style of play was mirrored by the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat when Pat Riley was coaching both teams.
I miss the days when Jeff Van Gundy was holding on to Alonzo Mourning's leg to stop him from brawling against the Knicks players during an intense play-off series. The NBA needs more drama because people only tune in to the last five minutes of games because that is when the games really get interesting.
Stern is also a big hypocrite when it comes to cracking down on physical play. Why hasn't he done anything to address the Oklahoma City Thunder playing the role of the league's bullies? World Peace was just letting the Thunder know he is not going to let them smack him around like they do other players. The Thunder have Kendrick Perkins, who is a wannabe Charles Oakley. Against the Heat, Perkins twice kicked Dwayne Wade after making dunks and was throwing hard elbows at Cris Bosh's head. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook almost broke Lebron James' legs committing a hard foul against the Heat MVP during a home game at American Airlines Arena. He should have been ejected from the game, but wasn't.
And don't get me started on wonder boy dunker and L.A. Clipper Blake Griffin. The league doesn't want anybody messing with Griffin even though he's committing hard offensive fouls when he goes to the rack. When the Clippers last played against the Lakers, Griffin put his knee in Pau Gasol's mouth and elbowed the Spaniard hard in the face when he dunked on him. Griffin should have been suspended for what he did to Gasol. But when Robin Lopez of the Phoenix Suns knocks Griffin to the ground to stop him from dunking, he gets an automatic ejection.
The NBA is a fraud.
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