What Metta World Peace did to James Harden was simply not acceptable in basketball. What he did is on par with the level of violence dished out by NHL goons, not NBA players.
Given Metta’s history with violence, he deserves the most stringent suspension that Stern can dish out. I don’t think 25 games is outrageous when we’re talking about somebody like Metta World Peace, who has committed violent acts on the court time after time. He saw an opportunity to knock out James Harden and used enough force that he could have paralyzed him. This attack by MWP is no worse than Kermit Washington’s hit on Rudy Tomjanovich face thirty some odd years ago. If that elbow landed in Harden’s face, Harden’s career probably would be over.