On March 25, Metta World Peace suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee. The injury was expected to keep him out of action for at least six weeks and end his season. But, World Peace has never been one for the rules.
On Monday night, World Peace told reporters that less than two weeks after surgery to repair the injury, he’s almost ready to go. Sam Ponder reported for ESPN that World Peace had been telling people that he was ready to play that night against the Los Angeles Lakers‘ Staples Center roommate Los Angeles Clippers — a plan that Mike D’Antoni quickly shut down.
World Peace told the Los Angeles Times that “It’s not about how strong I am playing tomorrow night … it’s about how strong I was playing three games ago. I was ready to play.”
The doctors “were amazed at how the swelling didn’t even exist. That’s off of meniscus surgery,” he said. “You can play, but it’s the swelling that keeps you from playing. I didn’t have [any swelling] and that’s why I wanted to play right away.”
At 33-years old, this season might be one of World Peace’s last chances at a playoff run. So, it makes sense that he would want to return quickly to try to make sure that the Lakers see the playoffs.
World Peace managed to impress his Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant with his will to play through injuries. Bryant told Fox Sports West that “I call him Logan now, he’s Wolverine,” said Bryant, making a reference to Wolverine from the movie X-Men, who is known for his quick healing powers.