Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace delivered a brutal elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunders James Harden during the game Sunday at Staples Center. Peace spoke to reporters about the elbow for which he was ejected shortly before halftime.
Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace delivered a brutal elbow to the head of Oklahoma City Thunders James Harden during the game Sunday at Staples Center.
Peace was celebrating a fast break dunk he had just finished, and as he was headed back down the court to play defense he encountered Harden. Peace then pounded his chest with his right arm, and as that happened his left elbow was sent smashing into the back of Harden’s head. Harden hit the deck immediately and Serge Ibaka went after Peace, but cooler heads prevailed and Peace was ejected.
Take a look at the video played at Staples Center in honor of Derek Fisher’s return to Los Angeles as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Miami Heat’s LeBron James showed up to the Staple Center carrying a man purse since what ever he needed to be brought to the arena could not fit into his backpack.
In a recent interview with SLAM, former Los Angeles Clippers center Keith Closs opened up about his short-lived NBA career and how alcohol derailed his time in the league.
“I was drinking in the NBA,” Closs told the magazine. “I was drinking on the bench, too. That wasn’t Gatorade in my water bottle; it was whatever I’d brought with me from the liquor store on the way to the arena. I had grown very resentful of the fact that I wasn’t playing…I felt like I was wasting away.”
Closs was a backup center for the Clippers from 1997-2000, standing 7-3, weighing 212 pounds also admits to smoking marijuana while still in uniform during games at halftime outside Staples Center. After a league-imposed stint in rehab after receiving two DUIs during the lockout from 1998-99, he still didn’t see himself as having a problem.
“I was out there dunking on dudes smelling like three bars, then they’d take me out and I would refresh my water bottle,” Closs said. “Nobody disrespected the game of basketball like I did at that time. That’s something I have to live with.”
Unfortunately Closs is also remembered for being beaten up by a mob that was caught all on cell phones that inevitably went viral. Since his time in the NBA Closs has bounced around from a few NBA Developmental teams. He currently plays for the Santa Barbara Breakers of the West Coast Professional Basketball League and has been sober for more than four years.
Staples Center in Los Angeles and United Center in Chicago have both been given permission by the NBA to book dates in December previously reserved for Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls games, indicating that the schedule the league released in July is now obsolete, the New York Times reports. This does not mean the NBA will cancel games through December; it means, rather, that an entirely new schedule will be published once the lockout is over.
Whenever the lockout is resolved, the league will “build a new schedule from scratch, using all arena dates that are still reserved,” sources tell The Times.
The Jay-Z/Kanye West tour has been scheduled in place of two NBA games Toronto Raptors-Lakers at Staples Center on Dec. 13, and San Antonio Spurs-Bulls at United Center on Nov. 30. No other arenas have received permission to release NBA dates beyond Nov. 14, The Times reports.
“With the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season, the NBA schedule would have to be reworked and certain dates—including Dec. 13 for a Lakers game at Staples Center—would not be part of any revised schedule,” the NBA said in a statement.