The pall cast by Metta’s elbow threatened to obscure Sunday’s game against the Thunder. Things turned around in the most unlikely of ways with an improbable fourth quarter comeback, two overtime periods and a stirring win led by Jordan Hill, a guy largely regarded as an afterthought. The storyline of Hill has faded for now, he could become an integral part of the team’s future or just one of those momentary spikes that happens so often in sports. Another of the game’s constants is debate and moral outrage, which is the current storyline – the league handed a seven game suspension to MWP, which will carry well into the playoffs and naturally, opinions cover the spectrum – too little, too much, and just right. These and other stories in our Wednesday links:
Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers reports that the Lakers have clinched the Pacific, with the Clippers loss to the Hawks.
C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll writes about the hammer being dropped on Metta, feeling that the punishment is just.
Chris Mannix at Sports Illustrated thinks the league blew its chance to send a more serious message.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register considers the aggression that comes from inside Peace, and how it has defined his life.
Barry Starvo at the L.A. Times chronicles a litany of misdeeds, over the length of Metta’s career.
Steve McPherson at Hardwood Paroxysm writes about MWP and the dark half, in a thoughtful and considered piece.
Gary Lee at Lakers Nation takes a welcome break from the MWP discourse to look at Kobe and the scoring title.
Howard Beck of the NY Times, writes about the internal power struggle consuming the players association.
Edg5 at Pounding the Rock, on parallels between MWP and Stephen Jackson, and the irrationality of fandom.
And finally, Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie, uses Taiwanese animation to explain Peace’s suspension, and wins my favorite post of the day.
The Lakers head up to Sacramento for the last game of the regular season. The Peace conversation will continue until thoroughly exhausted and then some – the magnifying glasses have come out, and sometimes in the unlikeliest of ways.
- Dave Murphy