- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Knicks forward Metta World Peace (knee) expects to be sidelined for two weeks after undergoing platelet-rich plasma treatment on Jan. 6, and will not play in the three-game road trip to San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.
"I’ve been resting, I'm healing; I have Monday and then two weeks after that," World Peace said after practice Tuesday. "I should be OK. I’m excited about this, actually.”
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World Peace will undergo the blood-spinning treatment to help with his sore left knee, which he had drained once again Monday. The forward has played only once in the past five games due to his knee, giving the team five minutes against Toronto on Dec. 27. World Peace said he played in that game because Carmelo Anthony didn't play, J.R. Smith was sick and Iman Shumpert was banged up.
In determining how long he will be out after the procedure, World Peace said one doctor told him he could come back right away, while another said he should sit out. He is leaning toward that option, preferring to be cautious and not rush back. He's already missed seven games this season, as many as he missed all of last season.
"It’s not like me to be smart when you get injured," World Peace said. "I more want to go out right away and play and be macho, but at this point I don’t think that’s smart. Especially going into the playoffs, you want to be 100 percent after and things like that. That’s where I stand right now."
World Peace said he's talked to other players who have had the procedure, including teammate Amar'e Stoudemire. It's never been announced that Stoudemire, who has had knee problems throughout his career, underwent PRP treatment, but he did have an unspecified knee surgery this summer. World Peace also said he talked to former teammate Kobe Bryant about it.
"Amar'e [is] still playing. He played a good game in Toronto and everybody expected him not to have a good season, and I think he’s playing well when he gets minutes," World Peace said. "Who knows, maybe the PRP is doing well; [it] did work for him."
If World Peace is sidelined for two weeks after the procedure, he could be in line to return Jan. 20 against the Nets, or Jan. 22 against the 76ers. He hasn't been a difference-maker for the Knicks this season, averaging just 5.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. If he makes the trip to Texas, he'd continue receiving treatment in preparation for the PRP.
"I’m not going to play but I think I might go," World Peace said. "I’m just going to rest and get healthy and get the procedure on Monday. I’m going to talk to [trainer] Roger [Hinds]. Roger might want for me to stay back, so I’ll talk to Roger and we’ll play it by ear and make a decision after I speak to Roger."