Injury updates to a number of key players highlights Wednesday's NBA news.
First, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will have surgery Thursday on his injured left knee and is expected to miss six weeks, the Lakers announced. The key question is whether the Lakers make the NBA playoffs without Peace or before his arrival back after recovery.
World Peace, 33, tore a lateral meniscus in the left knee in Monday night's loss to the Warriors.
Even though team doctors expect a six-week recovery, Peace tweeted an overly optimistic prediction: "Sorry bout the injury. First ever knee injury. Recovery time hopefully is a week and a half."
While World Peace is on his way out, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was on his way back in, expected to play in Wednesday night's game at Chicago after missing the last two games with a sore knee.
There also had been considerable optimism that Bulls guard Derrick Rose would also return from nearly a one-year layoff due to injury and rehab, but the team announced earlier in the day that Rose would not play vs. the Heat, who came into the game riding a 27-game winning streak.
Much like World Peace, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol hopes to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season next month. Gasol has a torn abdominal muscle that he re-aggravated while trying to play on March 22.
"We're going to try to keep (treating it), and when it feels good and gets better, I'll get out there," Gasol told the Commercial-Appeal in Memphis.
--Former Chicago Bulls center Tom Boerwinkle has died at age 67 after a long illness.
Boerwinkle, a 7-footer, spent his entire career in Chicago after the Bulls drafted him in the first round out of the University of Tennessee in 1968.
He averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists on teams that included Chet Walker, Bob Love, Jerry Sloan and Norm Van Lier. Boerwinkle set a Bulls record with 37 rebounds in a game against Phoenix on Jan. 8, 1970, and a team season record in 1970-71 with 1,133 boards.
"We were all heartbroken this morning to learn of the passing of Tom Boerwinkle," Bulls executive vice president of business operations Steve Schanwald said. "In addition to being one of the Bulls' all-time great players, Tom was one of the kindest men you would ever want to meet with the gentlest of souls. A true gentle giant who made great contributions to the Chicago Bulls organization on and off the court. We will miss him greatly."