Sounds like Metta World Peace is done for season
By Kurt Helin
If you want to know what the future of the Lakers this season looks like, know that at shootaround today the starting lineup had Steve Nash at the point, Jodie Meeks at the two, Kobe Bryant slid over to the three spot, and Pau Gasol with Dwight Howard was the front line.
There was no Metta World Peace, who suffered a lateral meniscus tear during the first half against Golden State Monday.
The team announced the injury but no timetable for his return. But when coach Mike D’Antoni was asked about it at shootaround in Minnesota Wednesday the news was not good, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
This is a blow to the Lakers.
This season when he is on the court the Lakers offense is nearly 5 points per 100 possessions better, the defense is 4.8 better. World Peace can space the floor with solid three point shooting (34.7 percent this season), he’s a good man defender and a solid rebounder. He hasn’t been spectacular for the Lakers this season, but he’s been solid.
Which is more than you can say for the guys getting his minutes. Earl Clark started out hot but fell off dramatically as time went on. Jodie Meeks hasn’t shot like was expected of him. The defensive drop off is severe and it will put more pressure on Dwight Howard in the back to clean up the messes of the perimeter. And he can only clean up so much.
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I'm almost starting to feel bad for the Lakers.
Lakers' World Peace out six weeks
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will have surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the next six weeks.
The Lakers announced the timeline on Wednesday. World Peace is scheduled to have surgery Thursday and he won't be ready when the playoffs begin next month, if the Lakers reach the postseason.
They are in eighth place in the West, just a game ahead of Utah and Dallas for the final playoff spot.
World Peace was injured on Monday night against Golden State. He is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds.
D'Antoni says Jodie Meeks will start Wednesday night against Minnesota in World Peace's place. That means Kobe Bryant will be the small forward.
with how badly this guy has been playing, this may actually help them, lol. still loving how hilarious it is that the Lakers and Mavs are fighting so hard for an 8th seed.
BOO HOO, he won't be missed at all, can't stand this dude and his stupid name change and his running to LA after hating Kobe and the Lakers while in Houston.
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