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A current headline at espn is: "NBA suspends World Peace 7 games for elbow." It hardly seems fair that they would put an end to world peace because of an elbow. I didn't even know that such peace existed
The bigger drama is that an elbow is usually only 2 game suspension, punches are higher. Agreeing that it was an unintended head shot (did Metta intend to hit Harden, of course; Did Metta intend to hit Harden in the head, I'd say not) I can concede the suspension appropriate, and the Laker team and office have also seemed to follow this course. What I hope is the Metta isn't lynched in the sports pages, he has really had a great change in his career from the malice infamy, and honestly, is one of the most likeable players in a Laker jersey since Lamar and Fish were traded away. Lakers is a cut-throat, selfish franchise, which is why I am a born and raised Angelino but insistently refuse to use the word "fan" to attach with my relationship with the Lakers, though I was at the parades mos def
Poor Kareem, while he will never be a Kobe in regards to popularity and sports pages sex appeal, Kobe will simply never be a Kareem on the court! Kobe just had his 12th consecutive 1500 point season, which is incredible, putting in the good company of the Malone brothers and Elvin Hayes for the second longest streaks in NBA history. Who is first? Kareem of course, with an unbeatable 17 consecutive seasons!! Also, Kobe is steadily climbing the all-time career scoring list, I believe he is sitting at fifth, and with at least 2 or 3 seasons left he is sure to keep climbing because it is close. But could he get first? Probably not, Kobe would have to average 28 points a game for 4 consecutive seasons in order to get first. Who is first? Kareem of course. The beauty of Kareem's stats is they are virtually unbreakable because the closest player to touch them statistically will be Kobe Bryant and it will have taken him at least 15-17 seasons to have done that, playing at an equally unbeatable level to rise to perhaps rightfully to second behind Kareem's first. However Kareem never really got to be the kind of household name that Magic, Bird, Jordan, Shaq, and Kobe have become across multiple generations. The folks who saw Kareem know, but his personality was to combative for the spotlight and so he could never muster the kind of popularity that the other greats have, even though in many respects he is by the far the greatest, and not just for being the all-time highest scorer but for the unworldly playing style that catapulted him to those heights.
1,572: Despite a shin injury that has caused him to miss L.A.'s past seven games, Lakers star Kobe Bryant has scored 1,572 points this season. It's Kobe's 12th straight season with at least 1,500 points, tying Bryant with Elvin Hayes (1968-69 to 1979-80), Moses Malone (1978-79 to 1989-90) and Karl Malone (1986-87 to 1997-98) for the second-longest streak in league history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record with 17 consecutive seasons with at least 1,500 points.