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Metta World Peace suspended 7 games

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Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 1:05 a.m. MDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA on Tuesday for elbowing James Harden, meaning he could miss at least six playoff games.

World Peace was ejected from Sunday's game against Oklahoma City for throwing an elbow that struck Harden in the back of the head, giving him a concussion.

"The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area," commissioner David Stern said.

COUSINS GETS TO PLAY: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was allowed to play for Sacramento against Oklahoma City on Tuesday night after the NBA rescinded one of his technical fouls.

Cousins was set to serve a one-game suspension after picking up his 13th technical of the season in a win at Charlotte on Sunday. Instead, he was in Sacramento's starting lineup.

KNICKS PROMOTE GRUNWALD: The New York Knicks have promoted Glen Grunwald to executive vice president and general manager after he assembled numerous pieces of a playoff roster this season.

MYERS NAMED GM: The Golden State Warriors have promoted Bob Myers to general manager to replace Larry Riley as planned.

Riley will remain with the organization as director of scouting.

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