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Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
If this summer goes the other way, and this turns out to be it for Duncan, Daniels has a feeling how that will play out, too. “He’s not going to be like Kareem and go out on a big retirement tour,” Daniels said, referring to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers Hall of Famer who retired at age 42. “He’s going to wake up one morning and say, ‘You know what? I don’t have it anymore. I’m done.’”
And so the Spurs’ future, as it has so many times before, all comes back to Duncan. There are those close to him who can’t envision the Spurs captain walking away just yet. Daniels, now 40 and co-host of a local radio talk show on KZDC-AM 1250, first met Duncan when the two were roommates at the 1997 NBA draft combine.
“I would be very surprised if he retired,” said Antonio Daniels, Duncan’s friend and former teammate with the Spurs. “As long as he’s staying at a level where he feels like he’s relevant and competing, I can’t see it.”
Speaking to The Hardline with Daniels and Ari Temkin, Duncan acknowledged Ferry made a mistake in describing Hawks free-agent target Luol Deng as having “a little African in him.” But Duncan also said Ferry shouldn’t be defined by the incident. “We both know Danny,” Duncan told Daniels. “Danny is a jokester. He plays around. … For it to have gone this far, it’s unfortunate because he’s not that kind of person. He said something absolutely wrong and he regrets it. He’s not a racist. I know him well enough to feel comfortable saying that.”
Count Tim Duncan among supporters of embattled Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry. Duncan on Wednesday defended Ferry, his former teammate on the Spurs, against charges of racism after his use of racially charged comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. Ferry has since taken a leave of absence from his post in Atlanta. “Knowing Danny, he’s not what everybody’s saying about him. He’s not a racist,” Duncan told another former teammate, Antonio Daniels, during a radio interview with the San Antonio radio station KZDC.
“I’d like to play until my body won’t let me,” Daniels added. “I’m in fantastic shape. I’m in better shape than I was when I came into the NBA fifteen years ago. You only have so much control over what happens, though. My job is to remain in shape and be ready.”
Daniels’ agent, Colin Bryant of Dutt Sports Services, is keeping all doors open for his client. He believes the guard can still compete in the NBA, telling RU, “Antonio is at a crossroad in his career. He has always been in top physical condition and we believe he can still play at a high level. He is not retired and we contunue to seek playing opportunities. However, he has been preparing himself for life after basketball. We have been approached about potential coaching and broadcasting opportunities. Whether he plays or begins his post playing career, Antonio’s future is bright”
Q: You mentioned it isn’t too late to sign a point guard for the playoffs. Who is available, who would you pick, and who would you cut to make room for him? — Tino. A: I would sign Anthony Carter, perhaps consider Antonio Daniels, and cut Eddy Curry. (Although I do appreciate the politics, with Eddy represented by the same firm as Wade, LeBron and Bosh.)
A growing trend in the league has been N.B.A. veterans, like Antoine Walker, Antonio Daniels and Mikki Moore, signing with the D- League in an effort to make their way back to the N.B.A. It is a situation akin to baseball’s Class AAA where there is a wide range in potential ages among the players. “Those guys are all N.B.A.-caliber players, so that improves the talent level of the league, but they also are coaches on the floor for the rookies and the young guys,” Reed said. “It doesn’t hurt that it attracts greater fan attention.”
Marc Stein: Texas Legends also just re-signed Antonio Daniels to join Antoine Walker, Damon Jones, Ostertag, Luther Head and more in D-League vet club
According to a source from Greece, Olympiacos is interested in Antonio Daniels. Former NBA champ with San Antonio Spurs has spent last season in D-League with Texas Legends. Daniels records averages of 7.6ppg and 3.4apg in NBA.
Dubi Pick: Dubi Pick: 13y @NBA vet Antonio Daniels is wanted in Israel by Ironi Ashkelon. Team’s $110k (NO) NBA out offer wasn’t satisfying. Daniels agent Tony Dutt: “I don’t think it’s going to be enough”. Ashkelon is looking for an alternative NBAer
Lieberman said there IS one big difference between the D-League and the WNBA, of course. “You don’t have 10 guys ovulating in the same locker room and an emotional wreck,” she said. “I mean, that’s just a fact. People don’t think about that. Men tend to let things go or have it out, where women hold on to it, don’t let it go. It’s just part of it.”
Legends point guard Antonio Daniels said opponents constantly ask him, “What’s it like to have a girl coach?” “The only difference is the fact we can’t get dressed in the locker room if she’s there,” he said. “She knows what she’s doing.”
“No greater feeling in the D-league than to have that conversation with [your] guy and tell him he has gone to the show,” Lieberman said Sunday night via her Twitter account.
Lieberman said many NBA teams have contacted her throughout the season about Daniels, who missed time in November and December after tearing ligaments in his right (shooting) pinkie.
The Frisco-based Legends found out later in the evening that they won’t have coach-on-the-floor Antonio Daniels for their best-of-3 series with the Tulsa 66ers, because Daniels has finally realized his season-long goal by securing a 10-day contract from the Philadelphia 76ers. Daniels will be joining the Sixers on Monday, sources close to the situation told ESPNDallas.com, to help them cope with the indefinite loss of guard Lou Williams, who suffered a hamstring injury Saturday night in Milwaukee. The increasing reluctance of Sixers coach Doug Collins to play touted rookie Evan Turner convinced Philly to pursue a veteran fill-in.
It was June 1999, in the back of the Madison Square Garden visitor’s locker room, and Antonio Daniels and Tim Duncan were friends alone, already comparing championship notes. That’s when Daniels told Duncan he couldn’t believe what had almost happened. Daniels admitted to Duncan he’d almost cried out on the floor, in front of everyone. Duncan whispered back: “I think I did cry.”
The Texas Legends thus took it hard upon learning that Daniels, who’s trying to get back to the NBA as the D-League’s oldest player ever at 35, will be lost for at least four to six weeks thanks to a hand injury that probably will require surgery. “We will miss him dearly on many levels,” Legends coach Nancy Lieberman said Thursday night.
Marc Stein: Downer part for oldest player in D-League history: Word is Blazers were giving strong consideration to making (Antonio) Daniels season’s first callup.
Daniels, who at 35 will be the oldest player to ever play in the Development League, is working to get back to the NBA and seems to know that the D-League — which produced a record 27 NBA call-ups last season — is going to be the quickest route. “I haven’t played in a game since 2009 during the playoffs with New Orleans where I tore my meniscus,” Daniels said. “I had surgery last year so I was doing physical therapy, rehabbing, so many different things just trying to get my knee back together, trying to get my cardiovascular back and trying to get my body back right. Now, I feel right, just where I want to be.” “Instead of going overseas, playing in China, it’s just easier for me to get back to where I’m going — where I need to be — by coming to the D-League.”
A lot has changed for the 6-foot-2 guard out of Bowling Green, and while his Legends jersey probably doesn’t seem as comfortable as those he wore with the Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics, Washington Wizards or New Orleans Hornets, he’s still pursuing his passion. “It’s still basketball. It’s something I enjoy doing, it’s a passion of mine and I needed to get out and just play,” Daniels told FanHouse of playing this season in the D-League after spending 12 seasons in the NBA. “I’m trying to make the guys that I’m playing with better as a team and be who I am. That’s all I can do.”