World Peace returns from knee surgery

Can this guy heal quickly or what?

Metta World Peace is playing, but didn’t start, on Tuesday night when the Lakers faced New Orleans.

“I’m sure he’s ready to roll,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said on earlier Tuesday.

World Peace suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee on March 25 and was expected to miss a minimum of six weeks following surgery.

Point guard Steve Nash is still listed as doubtful and D’Antoni doesn’t expect him to be available vs. the Hornets. Nash, however, will travel with the Lakers to Portland for Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers.

World Peace’s recovery time impressed many people, including teammate Kobe Bryant, a veteran of 17 NBA seasons and numerous injuries.

“I call him Logan now, he’s Wolverine,” Bryant said at Monday’s practice, in reference to popular comic and action-movie character Wolverine from X-Men, known for his quick healing powers.

World Peace says he could have played immediately after the surgery

“The doctor asked me to stand up and put pressure on the knee,” World Peace told reporters on Monday. “I did and told them I didn’t feel any pain. I could have played right away.”

World Peace is averaging 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds this season.