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Mar 27, 2013 9:02 PM by Andrew Masuda

Lakers World Peace out 6 weeks, needs knee surgery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will have surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the next six weeks.

The Lakers announced the timeline on Wednesday. World Peace is scheduled to have surgery Thursday and he won't be ready when the playoffs begin next month, if the Lakers reach the postseason.

They are in eighth place in the West, just a game ahead of Utah and Dallas for the final playoff spot.

World Peace was injured on Monday night against Golden State. He is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds.

D'Antoni says Jodie Meeks will start Wednesday night against Minnesota in World Peace's place. That means Kobe Bryant will be the small forward.

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