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Was Metta World Peace’s Elbow Intentional?

What's your take on Metta World Peace's elbow?

Now it’s most likely clear that you have already heard of and have seen the “elbow play” by Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace (Ron Artest). However in case you haven’t, here’s what happened.

It was on a fast break when World Peace drove to the basket and landed a powerful dunk with Oklahoma City Thunder forward, Serge Ibaka trailing on his back. The dunk brought a huge cheer from the home Laker crowd as their team was trailing by only one, 48-47 as they were looking to gain the lead before halftime.

Though as the Lakers’ fans were celebrating and cheering on World Peace, he too also responded to the loud cheers of the fans as he began a celebration himself as he pounded his chest and then caulked back his elbow which then hit Thunder guard, James Harden resulting in Harden falling to the floor.

World Peace continued to run down the floor as he didn’t know that he hit Harden and as a result the whistles blew and the Thunder players, especially Ibaka responded because Harden remained lying on the court.

As for World Peace he stepped up to the confronting Ibaka as he looked shocked as to why Ibaka was trying to fight him. Luckily for both teams and the NBA the confrontation between the two would be broken up.

As for Harden, he would be helped to locker room and wouldn’t return. As for World Peace he would be ejected from the game. As far as if there will be further punishment for World Peace, the NBA as yet to say.

Here is the video of the entire play:

Now as you can see from the live camera view, it looks like just a routine celebration that Harden unfortunately just got in the way of. However, after watching the replay it looks completely different as you can see that before World Peace threw the elbow, the two collided so World Peace did know that he was there.

Though, to World Peace’s defense he only had about two seconds to react to Harden’s presence and that’s not really enough time as World Peace was already beginning is usual routine celebration.

After the game, World Peace would address the media saying that it was unintentional.

“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace told reporters. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.”

World Peace would go onto add saying, “You know, it was such a great game and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time. … That’s it for today.”

As for Ibaka (The one who World Peace dunked on) he told the media that he didn’t know why World Peace did it? “I saw it happened and it was a very hard hit,” Ibaka said. “That’s the first I’ve seen anything like that happen live. I was surprised. I went up to him to ask him why he did that and he wanted to fight me too. I don’t know what he was thinking. I have no idea.”

Then after the media left and assuming when World Peace returned home, he went to twitter where he said this:

The Lakers would go onto beat the Thunder, 114-106. As for the NBA, they have yet to respond to this matter.

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Dallas Mavericks and Forward Lamar Odom Call It Quits

Lamar Odom drives to the basket.

Months after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks from the Los Angeles Lakers due to a previous trade by the Lakers that would’ve sent Odom to New Orleans. Forward, Lamar Odom said that he felt “disrespected” by the organization so he demanded a trade. So the Lakers would respect his decision and as a result they would trade him to the Mavericks for a first round pick and an $8.9 million trade exception.

However, despite having his wish granted by the Lakers Odom, wouldn’t fit in Dallas as his production would drop significantly. Going from averaging 14.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 3.0 apg to 6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.7 apg, Odom would see his production drop in every major stat line from the previous season.

So as a result to his poor play and a result to a not so good season by the Mavericks (31-26) they decided to part ways with Odom as he’ll be placed on the inactive list.

“The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,” Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. “I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.”

As for why the Mavericks wouldn’t just release Odom from their team versus placing him on the inactive list, is because, come the end of the season they will have the opportunity to be able to trade him during the NBA Draft or leading up to it, where as if they released him now they wouldn’t have been able to do so.

So what this means for Odom is that due to being placed on the inactive list, his 2011-12 NBA season is now officially come to an end.

Now even if the Mavericks did release Odom, it still wouldn’t have helped as he would be ineligible for the playoffs anyways as the deadline for a player to be eligible after being waived was March 23.

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Breaking Down Blake Griffin’s Dunks: See Why Referee’s Choose Excitement Over Right And Wrong

You can even see in the picture that Griffin is clearly over the back of Gasol.

I’m sure by now that you’ll all have watched the dunk or dunks by Clippers Forward, Blake Griffin over Lakers Forward, Pau Gasol tonight as the Lakers took on the Clippers in another “Battle of LA” match-up.

However, I believe that the call was wrong and that those “dunks” shouldn’t have been a dunk.

Just like the non-foul call a couple plays before where Lakers Guard, Ramon Sessions drove to the hoop and then lost the ball but, had some contact given to him. As a result to not having a foul called, Sessions would receive a technical foul from the officials. Now if you were watching the game or highlights, you saw that Sessions didn’t respond that bad to the no call and then you also saw that when he did respond, he was no where near an official.

Anyways after viewing the replay of Griffin’s dunk you can see that Griffin locks Gasol’s arm in which, doesn’t allow Gasol to put his arm up to attempt to block Griffin’s dunk. Which as a result Griffin locks Gasol’s arm in and uses it as an extra push to rise over him.

Not to mention depending on what angle you watch the dunk from, you can see Griffin’s left elbow hit Gasol in his head knocking him back and to the ground.

Now don’t get me wrong Griffin has had a lot of great dunks throughout his career thus far but, this one I can’t give to him.

As for the other dunk that didn’t receive as much of attention, was a put back dunk earlier in the first quarter. Griffin, who was trailing behind Gasol, jumped up and grabbed the ball behind Gasol and then as a result dunked it back.

It was an over the back. Now don’t get me wrong it’s exciting to see these dunks but, at the end of the day the right call should be made instead of choosing what’s more exciting. And that’s the problem today in the NBA; they choose excitement over the right calls.

For example the famous travel in the NBA. It’s a complaint made by several viewers as it’s not called as much as it should be. However, congrats to Griffin as the call was what it was and as it stands in the score books, those were both two dunks and a total of four points.

As for the rest of the game, the Lakers would go onto beat the Clippers winning, 113-108 taking a 2-1 season lead over the Clippers.

Here’s the dunk that received the most attention:

Here’s the dunk that I called “over the back”:

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Kobe Bryant Goes At Los Angeles Lakers Management: See What They Need To Do

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, great friends on the court and great friends off the court.

From the time the NBA Lockout ended all the way up until the present time of everyday, there have been trade rumors revolving Los Angeles Lakers forward, Pau Gasol almost constantly.

Gasol, who was acquired back in 2008 from the Memphis Grizzlies along with a 2010 second round pick in exchange for forward Kwame Brown, guard Javaris Crittenton, guard Aaron Mckie, the rights to Marc Gasol, as well as a 2008 and 2010 draft pick, brought in forward Pau Gasol to Los Angeles. However more importantly, it would bring a superstar that longtime Laker, Kobe Bryant wanted and it would bring in something that the whole organization wanted; a championship.

Fortunate enough, the Lakers wouldn’t get just one championship as they would get two after the addition of Pau Gasol. Though after failing to complete the three peat by losing in the playoffs last year to the Dallas Mavericks 4-0, forward Pau Gasol has been rumored to be traded.

Though after a 102-90 Lakers loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, Bryant would respond to the continuous rumors very angrily saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would go onto defend Gasol saying that he’d rather have management keep him, rather then trade him.

“I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

And just like Bryant wished, he would receive as Lakers general manager, Mitch Kupchak would release a statement Monday night on the teams website saying, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

A disadvantage? A disservice? Not at all. Matter of fact, not saying if you’re going to trade Gasol or not is putting a team at a disadvantage based off of the facts that Bryant told reporters after the game. Continuing with that, it put’s not only the fans at a disservice but it puts the team at one too. Because, not telling Gasol rather if you’re planning on trading him results in wondering where he’s going to be the next day, if it’s going to be LA or not and then as far as the fans, they’re getting cheated out of seeing a good game as their players, the Lakers aren’t performing at their highest level due to trade rumors.

So Mitch Kupchak, you don’t have to come out publicly and say that your trading Gasol or not, as you would claim that puts you at a “disadvantage” and “disservices” to the fans, but what you do have to do is sit down with Gasol behind closed doors and tell him the truth, that you do need to do.

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Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Williams Is Atop All Sports Headlines

Derrick Williams involved in trade rumors?

Minnesota Timberwolves Forward and former Arizona forward, Derrick Williams will be one of the four players taking part in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest this year. As for his opponent they won’t be Los Angeles Clippers’ forward and defending dunk champion Blake Griffin, not Golden State Warriors’ guard Nate Robinson, or even Miami Heat’s forward LeBron James, who said over and over again that he would do it won’t be there either.

So who will be joining him? Well Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger, New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert, and lastly Indiana Pacers’ guard Paul George.

However, that’s not all the news that’s taking place with Derrick Williams as he’s being rumored to be traded. Yes, according to FOXSports.com’s  Chris Tomasson there are rumors of the Minnesota Timberwolves trying to get Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol in exchange of giving up rookie Derrick Williams.

Now I know….I know, you’re thinking what are they crazy?! Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams?! Yeah right. However, it seems less crazier then it seems as it may be possible.

The reason being of why this trade would go through and I’m not saying that it will is because the Orlando Magic who are looking to trade center Dwight Howard are looking for a good deal with young possible future talents involved. So that’s just it, rookie Derrick Williams drafted number 2 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft is a great piece to put in a Dwight Howard trade.

Though notice the word piece as the Orlando Magic or most likely any team in the NBA wouldn’t do that trade straight up. So, if the Lakers were to do this trade as is, Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams, they would want to make sure that they verbally agreed on a deal with Orlando. I just couldn’t imagine the Lakers doing this trade without Orlando agreeing that they wanted Derrick Williams before shipping away Pau Gasol.

So as of right now, it’s Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol, straight up. Also too, keep in mind All-Star weekend this year is in Orlando and Derrick Williams will be there in a familiar place that their super star has been in; the dunk contest.

Now while this is only at the step of a rumor as you all know this rumor can grow into a possibility and then into a likely and maybe into even a happening. So as of right now stay tuned as we’ll be keeping you updated.

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