Josh NewmanDespite sitting for a fifth straight game on Tuesday with a sore left knee, Metta World Peace made an appearance in the Knicks locker room to confirm he went through with his plan of having a blood-spinning procedure on both knees on Monday.
A notoriously fast healer from other ailments throughout his 15-plus NBA seasons, World Peace attributed his quick healing to the fact that he is sexy. That drew a laugh, but even the eclectic Queens native knows this really isn’t a laughing matter if he hopes to prolong not only his season, but his career.
World Peace noted that he had the procedure done on both knees in an effort to not come back off balance when he returns. The timetable for a return can only be described as loose, but he estimated it would be about two more weeks until he returns to practice. World Peace has played in only one game since Dec. 21, and that was only five minutes against the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 27.
“The doctor in Germany says two weeks, but the doctor here, they’re partners and it’s kind of cool because they don’t agree with each other,” World Peace said. “The doctor here suggested you can just get right after it. It’s good for me to take the time I didn’t take last year. I think the standard time is like six weeks after a meniscus tear. I took one week.”
Late last season, World Peace had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. He returned 12 days later after the initial fear was he would be lost for the season.
World Peace is taking the cautious approach this time around. This, even though he said he woke up on Tuesday feeling good in the immediate aftermath of the surgery.
“It felt pretty good, it was weird. I don’t wanna test it yet,” World Peace said. “I heal faster than some young guys, which is crazy. I’m not HGH, you can test me. I don’t do that stuff. Two weeks, I’ll practice and go hard and get after it. Hopefully, it was worth the time off.”
World Peace is in the first year of a two-year, $3.25 million contract. He will have a player option for next season at $1.66 million.