EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Metta World Peace plans to play in the Los Angeles Lakers' next game, less than two weeks after undergoing left knee surgery.
World Peace participated in drills with the Lakers on Monday. He says he's ready to return nearly a month earlier than anticipated after surgery on a torn meniscus.
The Lakers thought World Peace would be out until early May after undergoing surgery March 28. But the defensive stopper says he feels healthy enough to play because his knee didn't swell following surgery, surprising his doctors.
Los Angeles hosts New Orleans on Tuesday night with just five games left in the regular season.
The Lakers (40-37) trail Utah (41-37) for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference, and the Jazz hold the tiebreaker on Los Angeles.

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