Kobe Bryant has a nickname for Metta World Peace that was more than fitting on Monday afternoon, when the Lakers small forward made the stunning announcement that he would play in Tuesday night's game against New Orleans just 12 days after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

"I call him Logan now - he's Wolverine," Bryant said of the popular X-Men character.

Metta World Beast is more like it.

"I'm not very surprised," Bryant also said. "He takes care of himself. He eats all the right stuff. Still, it's extremely impressive."

If it were up to World Peace, who was expected to miss at least six weeks, he said he would have played three games ago when the Lakers defeated Dallas on April 2. This wasn't a case of World Peace going rogue with his own recovery plan, either, as Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni put the odds of World Peace playing against the Hornets at "90, 80 (percent)." After going through an extensive pregame shooting routine before the Lakers' game against the Clippers on Sunday, World Peace took part in all of Monday's practice and put in extra work afterward.