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Lakers' Metta World Peace has lateral meniscus tear

By Royce Young | NBA writer

At this point, Lakers fans have to be like, "Yep, sounds about right."

The season from hell suffered another casualty as the Lakers announced Tuesday that an MRI revealed forward Metta World Peace has a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee.

The timetable for a meniscus tear varies, but Chase Budinger of the Timberwolves had one earlier in the season and missed almost four months. Other players have been able to return much sooner, though, as Tyrus Thomas was back on the floor after about 10 weeks.

World Peace tweeted this Tuesday:

World Peace will return to Los Angeles on Wednesday for further evaluation. A timetable will likely be released then.

The injury occurred in the first half Monday in the Lakers' loss to the Warriors. There wasn't a specific play and initially it was thought to just be an aggravation of a prior injury.

The Lakers just returned Pau Gasol to the rotation but will have to scramble to replace World Peace. There's Earl Clark, who fell out of favor following an injury, and the improvement of Antawn Jamison.

Jamsion, though, is battling through a wrist injury. Another option would be to start Jodie Meeks and play Kobe Bryant at small forward. Or there's Devin Ebanks, who has seen off and on time but has mostly found himself buried on Mike D'Antoni's bench.

World Peace, 33, is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in 70 games this season.

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