Metta World Peace out 6 weeks for surgery

March 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 27 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers said Wednesday forward Metta World Peace will need surgery on his left knee and will miss at least six weeks.

World Peace is to undergo surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, sustained when he evidently slipped on a wet spot on the Oracle Arena court during Monday's 109-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

He will miss the final 11 games of the Lakers' regular season, which ends April 17. If World Peace is able to play against after six weeks, he could be available to play in the Western Conference semifinals, if the Lakers are still playing then, the Los Angeles Times said.

World Peace has averaged 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.70 steals in 70 games this season.

"It's tough to offset it, but everybody has to pick up the slack," center Dwight Howard said.

The team said Jodie Meeks will start in World Peace's place Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Kobe Bryant will guard opposing teams' small forwards.

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