Metta World Peace could be sidelined with sore knee

Metta World Peace looks on during the second

Metta World Peace looks on during the second half of a game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 2013. (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Metta World Peace could miss some time because of a sore left knee, and he could undergo a procedure to alleviate the issue.

World Peace said he had an MRI on his surgically repaired knee about a week ago. Earlier this season, he had fluid drained from the knee twice. He was asked if that might happen again. "There's some other procedures kind of pending,'' he said. "But nothing is done yet.''

It sounds as if World Peace -- who tore his meniscus last season with the Lakers and returned 12 days after surgery -- and the Knicks' medical staff are trying to figure out the best steps.

When he was first asked about not playing Saturday against the Grizzlies, World Peace responded, "You got to ask the doctors.''

The medical staff is not allowed to talk to the media. The Knicks haven't disclosed that World Peace, 34, had an MRI. He said the results were "just sore, nothing new.''

World Peace called the issue "lingering'' and didn't sound optimistic about playing Monday in Orlando. "I just have to take some time,'' he said. "We'll see how long. But I'll definitely get back and play.''

World Peace didn't miss any time the first time his knee was drained and sat out two games the second time. He was asked if he should be more cautious this time and not return so quickly.

"Be a wuss?'' he said. "Say it. Just say it, man. I know exactly what you mean. Yeah, I think I'll have to do that. I would have to talk to the doctors first and I would have to talk to the trainers. I guess we will. I'll kind of suggest what's the best way to go about it.''

Heartbreak at home

The Knicks won their first 10 home games and their final 10 home games last season en route to compiling a 31-10 mark at the Garden. They're 4-10 this season.

"It's nothing that has to do with basketball at this point,'' Carmelo Anthony said. "I think it is in our heads, it's a mental part of it. As individual players, we got to get out of our own mind, our own head. Just start, I don't know what you got to do, but just start having fun once again and playing basketball and not trying to worry about too many other things.''

Shumpert's struggles

Starting guard Iman Shumpert shot 1-for-7 and scored two points, giving him a total of 19 in the last nine games.

Mike Woodson attributed some of Shumpert's woes to knee surgery that prevented him from playing in the offseason.

Shumpert sat at his locker for a long time after the game with his head down. "I ain't never been in a slump before. I don't really know how to handle it,'' he said. "I've got to just try and do a better job of not letting it affect the rest of my game.''

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