How bad do Lakers fans want the 2012-13 NBA season to end? Back in October, the Lakers were one of the favorites to win the 2013 NBA Finals. Now, they're limping to the finish line, and they'll be lucky just to make the playoffs.

The latest bad news involves Metta World Peace. He has a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee and could possibly be sidelined for the remainder of the season. World Peace initially said that he would only miss a week or two with the injury. But, ESPN's Dave McMenamin just asked Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni if he was optimistic about MWP's chances of returning to the lineup this season, and D'Antoni's response was anything but optimistic:

D'Antoni was asked if he was "optimistic" about Metta World Peace returning this season: "No."

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 27, 2013

Does that end the Lakers' playoff hopes? No. Anytime you've got Kobe Bryant on your team, you've got hope. But, the loss of World Peace is a big blow to a team that's already struggling to clinch the eighth seed in the playoffs. Get well soon, Metta.

[UPDATE: MWP will have surgery on his injured left knee and be out of action for at least six weeks.]

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[via ESPN]