I know we often talk about Kobe’s amazing will to recover from injuries and then play through them, but let’s take a moment here to realise what Metta World Peace is doing.
Just 12 days after having surgery for torn cartilage in his knee, MWP will return to action tonight when the Lakers take on the New Orleans Hornets. Mike D’Antoni said Metta will come off the bench and will probably play about 20 minutes, but still, this kind of recovery is unheard of.
MWP’s original timetable for return was at least six weeks, and he’s going to play tonight less – than two weeks after going under the knife. In fact, according to ESPN, Metta says that he was ready to play three days ago. Crazy.
How he’ll perform on the court is another matter all together, but his return will allow Kobe to get more rest, something he’s seen a shortage of recently.
Metta attributes his work in the summer and his healthy diet to his swift return, but the doctor who performed the surgery should also be applauded for doing a great job. I asked Dr. Robert Klapper last week when the earliest point for World Peace’s return would be, and he said 3-4 weeks: obviously, Metta is breaking the mould with this comeback.
Plus, in true MWP fashion, he’s using the opportunity to promote his new song: Blood In My Gatorade, which features the hook, “Blood in my Gatorade, I was raised different.”
With this kind of recovery, maybe more players should be putting blood in their Gatorade.