Metta World Peace went through practice and is apparently good to go. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBA/Getty Images)Metta World Peace said Monday that he plans to play when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center on Tuesday night, according to ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi. That, of course, is crazy.
The Lakers forward underwent surgery on March 28 to repair a tear to the lateral meniscus in his left knee — a procedure that the Lakers said would require six weeks, or 42 days, of recovery time. By Tuesday's tip, he'll have had 12. Again: Crazy.
And yet, the former Ron Artest participated in Monday's practice, ran on a treadmill and played 3-on-3, and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters that so long as World Peace suffered no setbacks following Monday's workout, there is an 80 percent to 90 percent chance that the forward would be back in the lineup come Tuesday.
That high likelihood of seeing action doesn't necessarily mean that World Peace is 100 percent, though:
Asked Metta if in pain "if I was wouldnt tell you" discomfort? "If I was wouldnt tell you" so ur 100% "im ready to go"
— Beto Duran (@DuranSports) April 8, 2013
But with the Lakers now trailing the Utah Jazz by a half-game for the eighth playoff spot out West, it appears that World Peace wants to shove aside the pain and make himself available for the final days of L.A.'s postseason push. Further, it appears that the decision wasn't too difficult for him to make — as World Peace told reporters, including Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, if it was up to World Peace, he'd have been back ages ago:Read More »from Lakers’ Metta World Peace says he’ll play vs. Hornets Tuesday, 12 days after left knee surgery