Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace suffered a torn meniscus in Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.
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The news comes as the Lakers struggle to get back to full strength after a litany of injuries have struck each member of the starting rotation. World Peace is flying back to Los Angeles to be further evaluated and will likely miss the remainder of the Lakers' three-game road trip that includes games against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday and Thursday.
Asked about the injury after the loss in the Bay Area, head coach Mike D'Antoni sounded optimistic before an official diagnosis came out. World Peace, however, was non-committal in his own analysis. There is no word as to a timetable for return, but with 11 games remaining and the Lakers fighting for their playoff lives, it is sure to be a devastating blow.
And then there's this:
Metta deleted previous tweet. RT @mettaworldpeace: I can't wait to get back But our team is so good We will win and get into the playoffs— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) March 27, 2013