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Ailing Daniels set for surgery
Marquis Daniels never reported to the Sacramento Kings after being traded from the Boston Celtics last month. The Kings waived the physical for the 6-6 swingman, who had not played since injuring his neck and back during a game Feb. 6.
Daniels, who had signed a veteran’s minimum, one-year contract last summer with Boston, is set for surgery Wednesday in hopes of salvaging his career.
“I was born with my spine (narrow). I’ve been having trouble all my life,” Daniels said. “I kept playing on it.”
Daniels was trying to make a move to the basket when his head slammed against the chest and shoulder of Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas. Daniels similarly hurt himself during the Eastern Conference semifinals last season vs. the Magic.
“If I get hit again like that, I might be permanently paralyzed. It’s not even necessarily a pain,” Daniels said.
Recovery from surgery should take three to four months.
No stopping Kings: Sacramento Mayor and former NBA guard Kevin Johnson signaled he had all but given up on keeping the Kings from moving after the season. Johnson wrote on his website that relocation to Anaheim, Calif., “feels like a slow death” and these “will likely be the Kings’ final weeks in Sacramento after 26 years.”
The NBA granted the Kings an extension until April 18 to file a request to move for next season and didn’t comment further.
Three’s the charm: From the Los Angeles Lakers’ triple-overtime 139-137 home win Tuesday vs. the Phoenix Suns:
-The 276 points were the most in a game this season.
-Los Angeles led by 21 points in the third quarter.
-Lakers forward Lamar
Injury front: Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd is planning to play Saturday vs. the Chicago Bulls after missing the last 14 months following knee surgery for torn ligaments. The Bucks, fighting for a playoff berth, got back forward Drew Gooden (left foot plantar fasciitis) Wednesday. . . . Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris (strained right hamstring) missed Wednesday’s game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. . . . Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (left groin) will miss a two-game road trip.
Quotable: “The media seems to have made their decision, and they’re the ones who vote, so I think it’s over.” — Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, saying the MVP will be Bulls guard Derrick Rose, not Orlando center Dwight Howard