Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 2:20 pm  |  12 responses

Mike D’Antoni Thinks Metta World Peace is Done for the Regular Season

Given that Metta World Peace has a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, it’s not entirely surprising that those in Lakerland think he won’t be playing again for while. Head coach Mike D’Antoni says he’s not optimistic MWP will suit up again until the Playoffs (should the Lakers even qualify.) Per the LA Daily News: “I say I’m not optimistic only because it’s a couple weeks,’ D’Antoni said. ‘If it’s bad enough to get it checked, we’ll see what it is once we get it checked, but it’ll be tough.’ The Lakers will find more answers later today once Lakers team doctor Steve Lombardo reexamines World Peace in Los Angeles. But World Peace’s injury sounds serious. The Lakers (36-35) have 11 games remaining, including tonights’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-44) at Target Center. The Lakers play their last game against the Houston Rockets on April 15. Considering the Lakers only have a one-game lead over the Utah Jazz (35-36) for the eighth playoff spot, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Lakers will play beyond that. [...] ‘It seems like all year when somebody comes out, somebody goes down,’ Lakers center Dwight Howard said. ‘It’s tough. Then to see Metta go down, it hurts.’ [...] World Peace stayed healthy all season before this point and averaged 12.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting per game, his highest scoring output in four seasons with the Lakers. World Peace became the fifth and final Lakers starter to experience a significant injury this season.”

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  • LakeShow

    It doesn’t seem like a big loss, but it actually is.
    Hopefully, Hill, and Gasol can get healthy and then this won’t matter because Kobe and Earl Clark can man the SF position.
    I like Nash-Meeks-Kobe as the 1-2-3.

  • RayJr

    Well I’m not suprised. He was the only one of the starters to not get seriously hurt so far this season and with the Lakers luck this year it was going to happen.

  • RayJr

    Now will you agree with me that the Lakers have had the worst luck this season? Damn, just when the Lakers get things going they take 10 steps back smDAMNh
    Injuries to Kobe, Pau, Dwight, Nash, Hill, Metta, Blake…who’s next?

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  • RayJr

    MWP always seems to come up big on offense when they need him too.

  • LakeShow

    It’s been pretty ridiculous…

    That’s all without mentioning the transition of the new players coming in, and the coaching change.

  • RayJr

    We’ll see how tonight goes in Minny. Should be an easy W but we know how hard they make the easy W’s. As long as the Lakers don’t allow 35+ in a quarter they’ll be ok.

  • KingBenjamin

    It doesn’t matter who we play in the Playoffs, I’m the biggest Lakers fan in the world, but I’m also a realist and I know there’s no way in hell the Lakers get past the 1st round that is if they can even hold on to that 8th seed, doesn’t matter who they face (Spurs/Thunder), they’ll lose that series. Only Laker I trust is Kobe Bryant because he’s the only player that always delivers.

    Realistically this season is a wrap for the Lakers. People are saying Pau Gasol doesn’t fit with the Lakers and Dwight Howard, well he actually does, Mike D’Antoni makes him not fit because he doesn’t know how to use him correctly, he’s having Pau play outside and shoot 3′s, well that’s not his strength, when Phil was coach and later on Mike Brown, Pau and Bynum worked well together because Pau was playing in the low post. So Pau does fit with this team, if Phil Jackson were named coach everything would be fine and dandy and there wouldn’t be any discussions of whether Pau fits with the Lakers or not.

    When the Lakers season ends, there will be big changes coming. First I believe Jim Buss will realize that it was a mistake to hire D’Antoni over the greatest coach of all time in Phil Jackson and that he’ll fire D’Antoni. It may not make sense from a financial standpoint since the Lakers would be paying 2 coaches money that have been fired, but the Lakers organization is loaded with money. Secondly, the Lakers front office will let MWP walk or either amnesty him and the Lakers will do a complete rebuild of the bench. They would get rid of scrubs like Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris, Chris Duhon, Robert Sacre. They would also get rid of a PG like Steve Blake who can’t play under pressure and potentially sign Derek Fisher to a backup role for Steve Nash.

    With those changes and Phil leading the way, the Lakers would be a championship caliber team next season.

  • Drig

    I don’t know whether its because of Mike D’Antoni’s rotations but LAL is screwed if it’s gonna go up vs OKC. Vs SAS, we might just have a small chance without MWP…….

    Sigh, unless Kobe does something incredible, Lakers fans are gonna have a short playoffs run…..

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    not too sure about Kobe now, but he needs to straighten up, with all those TO and all and Nash v Westbrook/Parker? I would go for Dwight here to step it up.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Like i’ve always said, D’Antoni can’t manage big men. Happened with Shaq Amare, Tyson Amare now Dwight Pau