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Metta World Peace out Monday, to have blood spinning procedure on knee

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Metta World Peace’s role with the Knicks has dwindled since the start of his season as his play has just not helped the team — he’s not looked like the defensive force the Knicks expected nor is he knocking down shots (he is shooting 40.2 percent on the season).

Now we know why — his knee has bothered him so much he has had it drained five times already this season, he said Monday to reporters. That’s a lot of fluid. And fluid doesn’t build up in your knee if everything is working as designed.

World Peace is out for the Knicks game Monday night against the Magic, and on Jan. 6 he is going to get the blood-spinning/platelet rich plasma therapy done on his knee, reports Peter Botte of the New York Daily News. That is the first date he could get it done, although he hopes to have it done sooner.

World Peace is not flying to Germany for the Kobe procedure; rather it will be done in New York City. How much time he misses both before and after remain up in the air.

This is another injury blow to a Knicks roster that has struggled to find any cohesion this season. After Monday in Orlando they head home to host Oklahoma City on Christmas Day, in front of a national television audience. Get embarrassed in that game and Mike Woodson may want to make sure his resume is in good shape.

PBT Extra bold prediction: Is this Andrew Wiggins’ breakout season?

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Minnesota is going to be entertaining to watch this season. A healthy Ricky Rubio (hopefully) dishing at the point, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a high-IQ passer, and bench players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne have shown some skills.

Then there’s Andrew Wiggins. The reigning Rookie of the Year developed quickly last season — particularly his jump shot — and he should make a big leap this season. He’s going to dunk on people and end up in a lot of highlight packages while putting up a lot of points.

Enough to set the Minnesota Timberwolves single game scoring record, currently held at 52 by Mo Williams? That’s the question for this PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.

Derrick Rose being back for start of season in question

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The Bulls have said Derrick Rose is about a week away from returning after suffering a facial fracture this preseason.

The start of the NBA season is two weeks from today (Oct. 27).

So Rose will be ready to go when the Bulls start their season that first night against Cleveland, right? Don’t bet on it, says Vincent Goodwill of, quoting coach Fred Hoiberg.

The opening night projection for a Derrick Rose return is a bit murky at this point, as the Bulls are taking a cautious approach to his recovery with Fred Hoiberg essentially ruling him out for the rest of the preseason.

“Most likely (out for the preseason),” Hoiberg said….

In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rose sit out the first handful of games, as the Bulls start the season with a three-game in four-night stretch starting Oct. 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is in two weeks.

“That will be in consideration, sure,” Hoiberg said. “We gotta make sure, he really hasn’t done anything and that will be a good two or three weeks where he has total inactivity, so just to throw him back out there going 100 percent with his speed and everything, you just don’t want to take any risks, chances, where it could be a lingering issue.”

Just what TNT and the NBA hoped for with an opening night Bulls vs. Cavaliers showcase: Kirk Hinrich vs. Mo Williams. (Don’t forget Kyrie Irving will miss the start of the season recovering from his knee surgery.)

Of course, this is the smart play for the Bulls who need to be thinking about getting Rose fully healthy and focusing on what condition he will be come April 27, not Oct. 27.

And of course, a lot of Bulls fans who are down on Rose will slam him for this. Even though the injury was a freak accident and the team is right to be patient.

Rose could play opening night, if he gets back to practice next week and can get closer to basketball shape. But I wouldn’t bet on it.