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World Peace Elects to Stay

Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game OneWith one more year left on his deal with the Lakers, Metta World Peace decided not to opt out, and thus remains on the Los Angeles roster.

The deadline for players to opt out of contracts was midnight of June 25.

World Peace was the only member of last season’s roster with such an option on his deal, though there are several players set to become free agents on July 1, most notably Dwight Howard.

The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 27, with the Lakers currently holding the No. 48 overall pick in the second round.

Metta World Peace: 2013 Exit Interview

13exits_MWPMetta World Peace started 66 games and appeared in 75, averaging 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals on 40.2 percent shooting (34.2 percent on three-pointers). He tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee late in the year and had to undergo surgery, forcing him to miss just six contests.

World Peace played in three of the four postseason games, missing the second half of Game 3 and all of Game 4 as his knee simply was not healthy enough to play through. He averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, shooting just 25 percent from the floor while dealing with the knee.

Below is a summary of his exit interview:

- World Peace, who has a player option for next season, declined to state whether he will pick it up or not. He said he didn’t discuss that specifically with GM Mitch Kupchak in his meeting. His basic message was this: “For me, it’s all about coming back next year and winning.” MWP often will stick to a single thought as such, trying to focus on one thing. He believes the team had enough talent when healthy to compete, despite the collective age of the players.

- MWP said the Lakers didn’t always “let” Mike D’Antoni (or Mike Brown) coach. It’s a very interesting group of players, some with tons of experience and ideas on how to play, who had seen a number of systems in the last three seasons alone. D’Antoni clearly didn’t have a chance to coach as he’d wanted to, but Metta appreciated that he adapted and found a way to get the team on a winning track before the late-season injuries.

- On the absence of training camp for a coach: “We were behind the eight ball so much that we didn’t get to see the whole team and who improved their game, and how we’re going to play.” That was certainly tough for the coaches and players, no doubt.

- One of Dwight Howard’s biggest supporters this season, Metta had this to say: “Dwight gave 100 percent. He played hard. His personality was just different. You have to get used to a franchise player like that.” He tried to explain what he meant, that Howard is almost always “happy” around the team, except at certain points of games where he gets “very serious.” No question Howard is a different from a personality standpoint from the other veterans on the team like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, and it certainly took some adjusting to for everyone – as it should have. They’d begun to figure things out, rallying through the injuries before Bryant’s torn Achilles to reach the playoffs despite being 17-25 in January.

- MWP on his knee: “It was supposed to take six weeks to heal. Was in a situation where I didn’t want to miss the playoffs.” The reason he was able to return so quickly from March 28 surgery was that the doctor removed the torn part of his meniscus instead of repairing it, thus eliminating the swelling. However, he developed a cyst upon returning the floor, severely limiting his movement. Now, MWP has his six weeks to heal, and does not need further surgery. He expects to be healthy coming into training camp next season.

- World Peace – like Chris Duhon before him – was supportive of Jason Collins coming out earlier on Monday morning, saying that people must be free to be who they are. World Peace has been a supporter for people feeling OK to say they’re struggling with mental health issues, so he appreciates what it takes to stand up to public scrutiny.

Watch every exit interview on our Exit Interview Central

MWP Joins List of Lakers Out for Game 4

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game ThreeLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemDue to a bothersome cyst on his left knee that Metta World Peace had drained prior to Game 3, the starting small forward will miss Sunday’s Game 4 against San Antonio, joining the large list of Lakers unavailable for the contest.

World Peace did not play in the second half of Game 3′s loss, watching from the bench as L.A. fell behind 0-3 in the series. Sitting next to him were Steve Blake (strained hamstring), Jodie Meeks (sprained ankle) and Steve Nash (back/hip/hamstring issues), as they will once again on Sunday (Kobe Bryant watched from the locker room).

Mike D’Antoni confirmed that none of those players will be available, leaving Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock as the starting backcourt for the second straight game. Earl Clark will slide into the starting line up for World Peace.

Goudelock scored 20 points with three steals in 40 minutes, while Morris went for 24 points and six assists in the losing effort.

World Peace Poised to Return

Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemIn a surprise development, Metta World Peace is set to return early from March 28 knee surgery, with the potential to play in Tuesday night’s game against New Orleans.

After running on a treadmill, World Peace played 3-on-3 with teammates at Monday’s practice, leaving Mike D’Antoni to say that MWP was “80 or 90 percent” going to see the court against the Hornets. World Peace agreed.

“It’s not about how strong I am playing tomorrow night,” said World Peace. “It’s about how strong I was playing three games ago … I was ready to play.”

If World Peace has no swelling or negative response to his activity on Monday, he will be cleared to play on Tuesday, cutting his expected rehabilitation time of six weeks in half.

That original timeline would have had MWP out until early May. However, according to team spokesman John Black, there was no swelling in the knee after surgery, and its the swelling that typically keeps players on the shelf.

World Peace said that doctors “were amazed at how the swelling didn’t even exist.” Rookie Robert Sacre called MWP “Megatron … a machine,” and even Kobe Bryant – of course known to play through injuries – made note.

“It’s still extremely impressive,” Bryant said after relaying that he’s not surprised given World’s penchant for taking care of himself. “I call him Logan now. He’s Wolverine … Honestly, you have to be really disciplined and take care of yourself from the beginning. It’s one thing to have an injury and then try to catch up. But when you’re already there and already taking care of yourself, it makes recovery that much faster.”

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles ClippersL.A. can certainly use a boost on the wing, as Bryant has been playing nearly 48 minutes a night since Steve Nash went out early at Sacramento on March 30. The Lakers have no room for error, trailing Utah by a half game with five to play, needing to lose at least one fewer game than the tiebreaker-holding Jazz. What can MWP bring back to his team?

“A huge spark,” said Bryant. “Defensively, he’s tenacious and he brings a certain level of physicality that can really (impact) a game.”

World Peace, who has averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.70 steals in 70 games (64 starts) this season, leads the Lakers in individual plus/minus on the season.

Injury Update: Metta World Peace

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemLess 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.”

MRI Shows Meniscus Tear for MWP

Los Angeles Lakers v Orlando MagicLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemBelow is an injury update on Metta World Peace from the Lakers PR staff:

Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who injured his left knee in last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, had an MRI exam today in Minneapolis. Results of the MRI showed a lateral meniscus tear. He will return to Los Angeles where he will be examined tomorrow by team doctor Steve Lombardo. An update, including a time table for his return, will be issued at the conclusion of his examination.

Injury Update: Metta World Peace

Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemAfter playing nearly 19 of the 24 first half minutes in L.A.’s Monday night loss at Golden State, Metta World Peace didn’t return in the second half after straining his left knee.

In the locker room following the third straight Lakers defeat, World Peace said that the pain and discomfort had subsided, but since he “couldn’t really walk” at halftime, he stayed in the training room to see if a return was possible. When it was determined that he wouldn’t go back onto the court, MWP joined his teammates on the bench in the fourth quarter.

World Peace said he wasn’t sure whether he’d be available for Wednesday’s game at Minnesota; the team will re-examine his knee upon arrival in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon.

Howard, MWP Out at Brooklyn; Kobe In

It was a busy Tuesday morning in New York City, as the Lakers learned they’d be without not only Dwight Howard (right shoulder), but also Metta World Peace (suspension), though Kobe Bryant would play through a sprained elbow.

Howard told reporters that while the shoulder he initially injured on Jan. 4 against the Clippers and aggravated at Phoenix last Wednesday had improved slightly, it still hurts and is not something he wants to make worse, so he decided against playing at Brooklyn.

World Peace was suspended for one game without pay for an incident with Brandon Knight during Sunday’s victory at Detroit, leaving the Lakers even more short-handed up front.

Howard and MWP are two of the team’s three most physical players, though the Lakers will have the third in Bryant, who sprained his right elbow while dunking on Knight but will start against Brooklyn, one of the NBA’s more physical squads.

World Peace will be available for Thursday’s game at Boston, while Howard remains a question mark.

MWP Joins Rare Group

With a 3-point basket at the 2:34 mark in the fourth quarter at New Orleans, Metta World Peace became the sixth player in NBA history to record 12,000+ points, 4,000+ rebounds, 1,000 3-point field goals made and 1,500 steals. Teammate Kobe Bryant is on that list, along with Reggie Miller, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd and Paul Pierce.

During the Lakers home game against Orlando on Sunday, World Peace nailed his 1,000 career triple, becoming the 68th player to reach that milestone, and at Houston, he grabbed his 4,000th career board. The St. John’s product came into the New Orleans contest at 28th all-time in career steals, and fifth among active players, with 1,572.

1,000 Career 3-Pointers For MWP

With a 3-pointer at the 6:28 mark in the third quarter, Metta World Peace notched 1,000 triples for his career, becoming the 68th player in NBA history to accomplish the feat. He joins teammates Kobe Bryant (1,537) and Steve Nash (1,621) on that list.

Entering tonight’s game, World Peace had converted on 37.4 percent from deep for the season. In six games since Mike D’Antoni started coaching, the St. John’s product had nailed 19 for 39 (48.7 percent).