I've never played a professional sport, so I could be wrong about this, but I've never seen anyone celebrate with a one armed elbow strike the way Ron "Metta World Peace" did in last night's Los Angeles-Oklahoma City NBA game. An elbow strike that just happened to smack James Harden in the side of the head, giving him a concussion. I mean, if Artest had clenched his fists and thrust them in the air, and somehow clipped Harden, I could possibly see how that might be an accident. But that elbow strike sure looked like it would fit in more in a Steven Seagal movie than a sports movie. . . .
Anyway, how long should Artest be suspended? Right now, KGW (our local NBC affiliate) is running a poll with the three choices of "rest of the regular season," "first round of playoffs," or "entire playoffs." Right now, "entire playoffs" is running away with 83% of the vote.
If I were the NBA commissioner, I would suspend for Artest for as long as Harden is unable to play, and then tack on a week after that.