The superstar’s miraculous, 12-day path from the procedure to playing 15 minutes against the New Orleans Hornets is now being overlooked because of a strange postgame interview World Peace gave after the win.
When asked by a reporter how he was able to come back from the surgery in such a short span of time, the player formerly known as Ron Artest gave one of the most bizarre answers imaginable.
According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, the Lakers forward responded:
Well, you know, I’m just too sexy for my cat. I’m too sexy for my cat. My cat. I’m just too sexy for my cat. If I wasn’t as sexy for my cat, I probably wouldn’t have came back. I’m so sexy, I came back. Too sexy for my cat, too sexy to wear a sleeve or a bracelet [on my knee], so I had to come back. I felt sexy, I felt like my team was working, I felt like we wanted it. We just wanted to come together collectively. Play hard, do it together. I’m definitely too sexy for my cat, definitely, we know that. I’m also too tough to let a meniscus surgery keep me out for six weeks. I’m too sexy for the cat.
The reply—ripped from Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy—was downright perplexing, but it’s not surprising considering how the star claims he knew he would be ready to return so quickly.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, World Peace explained:
I went online and was like, 'Yo, what was the fastest somebody ever recovered from a meniscus tear?' I was thinking it was going to say something like four weeks and somehow I read a week and I was like, 'Oh, then I'm the week kind of guy.'
These responses sound ridiculous, but World Peace did make a salient point when he mentioned that he felt the team was working hard and wanted to come together to make a playoff push in 2013.
By overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit in the game and having the Utah Jazz falter in their game against Oklahoma City, L.A. managed to nab sole possession of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The team now controls its own destiny in terms of making the postseason.
MWP’s return likely provided a much bigger emotional spark than anything that would show up in the box score, as the veteran scored just four points and dished one assist in the contest.
If he’s able to remain healthy and contribute in the Lakers' final four games, MWP and the Lakers could be contending for an NBA championship this spring. That is, if World Peace and his cat aren’t feeling too sexy for such a thing.