Evans Clinchy
Wednesday April 25th, 2012

It's unclear whether he's sorry, or merely sorry for being caught -- but in any event, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace posted an apology on his personal website last night, following the announcement that he'd been suspended seven games for elbowing James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization," World Peace wrote. "I look foward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans."

World Peace was suspended seven games with only one left to play -- the Lakers conclude their regular-season slate tomorrow against the Sacramento Kings. So if World Peace is to return this season, it will either be seven games into L.A.'s postseason run, or next season if the Lakers are eliminated in the first round this spring.

The Lakers, 41-24 this season, clinched the Pacific Division title with the L.A. Clippers' loss last night to the Atlanta Hawks. They will be seeded No. 3 in the Western Conference playoffs beginning this weekend, meaning they'll face either the Denver Nuggets or Dallas Mavericks. As for Harden, he tweeted yesterday that his condition was "solid"; he's not expected to miss significant time.

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