Less than one week removed from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, Metta World Peace answered questions from assembled media members on Wednesday afternoon at the Lakers practice facility.
“Dr. Lombardo did a great job; Dr. Kharrazi did a great job,” World Peace said. “Outside the meniscus tear, they said the knee looks good for a person who has played 14 years in the NBA. That was encouraging. Virtually no wear and tear, and things like that.”
World Peace hurt the knee during the Lakers last road trip at Golden State. The Lakers starting small forward played 19 first-half minutes, but did not play in the second half – a game L.A. lost 109-103.
“At first I didn’t know what it was,” he explained. “All of a sudden you can’t walk and you can’t run. I’m like: ‘Something’s wrong here.’ I went into the locker room and told Gary (Vitti).”
The St. John’s product recalls how the injury occurred, on an offensive play when he tried establishing post position on Golden State’s Harrison Barnes.
“I was posting up in the second quarter and my foot kind of went out and my knee kind of went in,” World Peace elaborated. “(Barnes) grabbed me and moved out the way a little with a little push, so all that momentum took me down.”
Prior to the injury, World Peace had played in 69 of 70 games, missing one due to suspension at Brooklyn in early February. The original timetable for his recovery is a minimum of six weeks, but he allowed the recovery has gone smoothly thus far now that he is able to walk without the use of crutches.
“After the surgery, they want you to put pressure on it and see how you feel to feel the difference,” World Peace explained. “Then you get on the crutches right after that. I was on the crutches for a couple days, but it gets better. Every half day, it improves. I’m very encouraged.”