Metta World Peace revealed he's had fluid drained from his surgically repaired left knee twice in less than two weeks.
World Peace said the first time was before the Knicks' loss to the Spurs on Nov. 10, and then again earlier this week. He didn't miss any games after the first one and returned Wednesday night after a two-game absence following the second procedure.
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"I'm not the type to sit out, but it's time to be smart," World Peace said. "It's the first time I actually took some rest after I had my knee drained."
World Peace, 34, had surgery in late March to repair a torn meniscus. He was supposed to miss six weeks, but returned in 12 days to play in the playoffs for the Lakers. World Peace said he underwent an MRI recently and everything checked out fine.
"It's good," he said. "I got good cartilage, which is surprising 15 years in."
But there is still cause for concern because of his age and the fact he never let his knee fully heal last season. He also said he should have sat out after he got it drained the first time earlier this month.
"That's where I messed up," World Peace said. "I probably should have just chilled."
Ramping up Amar'e
Amar'e Stoudemire said the medical staff has cleared him to play 20-25 minutes a game. Mike Woodson said that's not the case.
Stoudemire, who played 15:07 in Tuesday's loss in Detroit, was unavailable Wednesday night. Woodson said Stoudemire's workouts and practices will be ramped up in an effort to get his knees and overall body stronger to where he can play on consecutive nights. "If I can get him to about 20-25 minutes -- how I'm going to get there I don't know -- then he might be able to pass that thing where we can play him back-to-back," Woodson said. "But we're not there yet."
Woodson said the Knicks are "chirping a lot" at officials because of their slow start and they have "to back off," after Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire were whistled for technical fouls Tuesday. But Woodson also said official Danny Crawford "blew" a call that he thought should have resulted in a three-point play for Anthony.
Felton out again
Raymond Felton missed his second straight game because of a pinched nerve in his hip. Beno Udrih again started at point guard. Woodson said Felton is "day-to-day." The Knicks' next game is Saturday at the Washington Wizards.