Metta World Peace Has Torn Meniscus

Jan. 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace reacts in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 92-86. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace is the team’s best perimeter defender and is one of the only players on the team that can step up and help the team’s defensive struggles that have plagued them all season long. Unfortunately for the team, World Peace received an MRI on his left knee Tuesday and the results were not good.

If the perimeter defense was struggling before, things could only be getting worse.

Per Dave McMenamin of

The Los Angeles Lakers’ snake-bit season continued Tuesday with Metta World Peace receiving an MRI in Minneapolis on his left knee that showed a lateral meniscus tear.

World Peace will return to Los Angeles where he will be examined Wednesday by team doctor Steve Lombardo, forcing him to miss that night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In World Peace’s absense, Earl Clark will re-enter the Lakers starting line up.

There is no timetable for World Peace’s return.

With the Lakers holding on the the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference by a thread, the loss of Metta World Peace could the final straw that ends the team’s hopes of recovering from their dreadful start to the season.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Metta World Peace

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