Darius Soriano over on Forum Blue and Gold writes the following about MWP:
Darius Soriano wrote:Beyond the minutes, though, Ron’s also been an underrated performer in terms of how his on court performance has translated to team success. When Ron is on the floor, the Lakers’ offensive efficiency is 5.1 points better than when he’s on the bench. On defense, he has a similar impact as the team’s defensive efficiency is 4.8 points better when he’s on the floor than when he’s on the bench. These splits — especially on defense — are some of the best on the team and represent a player who clearly impacts team performance even if he’s had his ups and downs as an individual performer.
Lakers will miss him for sure.
Regarding lateral meniscus tears, sure it may be possible to play on it, just be prepared for the pain. I tore mine but I thought it was a sprain and ended up getting by on it for two and a half years, mostly overseas. During which time the pain was intermittent. Then the pain finally became bad enough that I got the MRI which showed the damage. The resulting operation put me on the injured list for 4 months, but the recovery was 100%. The doctor explained these things do not heal on their own; he cut my tear out, that is the typical procedure. Official name of the procedure pretty much says it all: menisectomy.
So the doctor in LA will do the evaluation: the critical question being does MWP risk further damage by playing on it? Because if MWP has surgery, he is definitely done for the season. But if they can put it off til after the end of the season, then he can be fully recovered before training camp.