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Ailing Daniels set for surgery

- By J. Michael Falgoust and Rachel Shuster

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

 ?? By Elsa, Getty Images ?? Scary moment: Marquis Daniels, then playing for the Celtics, is taken off the court on a stretcher Feb. 6. He was later traded to the Kings, never reported and will have season-ending surgery next week.
By Elsa, Getty Images Scary moment: Marquis Daniels, then playing for the Celtics, is taken off the court on a stretcher Feb. 6. He was later traded to the Kings, never reported and will have season-ending surgery next week.
 ?? By Gary Dineen, NBAE/Getty Images ?? Booked up: The Bucks’ Michael Redd will return Saturday.
Odom (season-high 29 points, 16 rebounds) and Suns forward
Channing Frye (career-high 32 points, 14 rebounds) played 55 and 56 minutes, respective­ly, as starters. Phoenix center Marcin
Gortat...
By Gary Dineen, NBAE/Getty Images Booked up: The Bucks’ Michael Redd will return Saturday. Odom (season-high 29 points, 16 rebounds) and Suns forward Channing Frye (career-high 32 points, 14 rebounds) played 55 and 56 minutes, respective­ly, as starters. Phoenix center Marcin Gortat...

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