Lakers’ Metta World Peace likely to return Tuesday

At the time of Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace’s initial knee injury – which required surgery to repair a torn meniscus – it was expected that he would be sidelined for roughly six weeks. However, World Peace is now poised to return Tuesday – just under three weeks following the procedure – if his knee doesn’t show any signs of swelling today, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.



World Peace went through drills yesterday, and afterwards coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters that the forward would be able to suit up for the Lakers tonight against the New Orleans Hornets if his knee responded favorably. This would put him back with Los Angeles after missing only 18 days of action.

Presumably, if the Lakers were in a position where they had already claimed a playoff spot and could comfortably cruise into the postseason, World Peace would remain sidelined for a longer period of time to allow his knee to recover more fully. However, we know that’s not the case, and the forward’s quick return is just as much a sign of the team’s desperation as it is a tribute to his toughness and level of competitiveness.

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