HoopsHype Marquis Daniels rumors

September 24, 2011 Updates

Street Basketball Association in partnership with HLA Management is production team for the Southern Hospitality Showcase Atlanta 2011. The event will also include live entertainment including performances and DJ Irie, Official DJ of the Miami Heat. Confirmed NBA Players participating include Marquis Daniels, Rajon Rondo. Jason Terry, Steven Jackson, Nate Robinson, Josh Howard, John Wall, Al Harrington, Josh Selby, Trey Thompkins, Travis Thompkins, and JJ Hickson; with more player announcements scheduled for the coming days. "Attendees can expect a perfect blend of the rawness and athleticism street ball is known best for, and the strategies and techniques of professional ball play. We're going to have a great time and raise money for some very worthy causes," explains Marquis Daniels. PR.com

August 9, 2011 Updates

It is not surprising Daniels, an unrestricted free agent, mentions the C’s as he talks about the next steps in his basketball career. While many players are exploring international options during the lockout, he is focusing first on the NBA. “I definitely would like to be anywhere where a team wants me,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open. I still root for the guys on the Celtics. It’s a great organization. I talk to Paul (Pierce) and Kevin and (Rajon) Rondo and all those guys. So I’d be open to coming back there as well.” CSNNE.com

Daniels heard a voice. In that moment, the most intense player on the court was suddenly the calming assurance he needed. “I just remember I kept hearing Kevin [Garnett] telling me, ‘You’re gonna be alright. You’re gonna be alright,’” Daniels told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. “I was like, ‘I can‘t move.’ He said, ’What do you mean?’ He kept telling me I was gonna be alright. I think that helped me out a lot, just hearing his voice telling me I was going to be alright. I stayed calm, I didn’t panic. “It was a trying time for me. I didn’t take anything for granted. I was going to take everything seriously from now on.” CSNNE.com

Daniels’ shocking fall looked like a freak accident at first glance. After being transported to New England Baptist Hospital, he was initially diagnosed with a bruised spinal cord and was expected to miss at least one month. Further testing, though, revealed he suffered from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves, and can also cause numbness. (He was surprised to learn many injuries sustained during his career, including a nagging thumb injury, were tied back to the condition.) The news meant his return to the court would be put on hold. First spine surgery, then recovery. Daniels, 29, took it all in stride. “Doc [Rivers] told me, ‘I can’t let you play no more like this,’” he recalled. “I was like, ‘That’s fine. Whatever this problem is, I’ve got to get it fixed.’” CSNNE.com

In the meantime, Daniels continues to work toward getting game-ready. He is able to lift weights, shoot, and run – “Considering where I came from, laying down there, couldn’t move, it’s definitely great,” he said – and hopes to be cleared for contact drills this month. His injury in February hasn’t discouraged him from playing tough. He is looking forward to taking his first hard foul. “I’ve got to see how I react to it first,“ he said. “I know it’s going to hurt. . . . Once I get that first hit, that first bump, I’ll be ok.” CSNNE.com

July 26, 2011 Updates

An intriguing free agent option may surface for the Celtics when this NBA lockout finally ends. Former Celtic Marquis Daniels is healthy, working out, and ready for an NBA return, according to agent Mark Bartelstein. Daniels last played for the Celtics Feb. 6, when he collapsed on the TD Garden floor after a what appeared to be a mild collision with Orlando's Gilbert Arenas. Daniels was taken off on a stretcher and later declared out for the season with a spinal condition that required surgery. Boston Globe

"Marquis is doing great," Bartelstein said. "He's working out and going full speed. He's working out and ready to go. He's absolutely ready to go." Boston Globe

July 25, 2011 Updates

A little less than six months after a scary on-court incident threatened his basketball career, former Celtics swingman Marquis Daniels has resumed workouts with the goal of returning to the NBA next season, according to his agent. Daniels suffered a bruised spinal cord during a Feb. 6 visit from the Orlando Magic. After collapsing face-first to the TD Garden floor, paramedics took him from the court on an immobilizing backboard and it was later revealed that Daniels has battled spinal stenosis, a condition characterized by narrowing of the spine that left him susceptible to numbness in situations like the freak collision that day with the chest of Orlando's Gilbert Arenas. ESPN.com

June 10, 2011 Updates

The last time Boston Celtics fans saw Marquis Daniels on a basketball floor, the versatile wingman had to be carried out of the TD Garden on a stretcher after suffering a bruised spinal cord. Daniels' fans, as well as the Celtics, didn't know if he would ever play again. He isn't totally back to full strength, but he's now at a point where his agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells CSNNE.com that Daniels will "definitely" be able to play next season. And it's not totally out of the question that the 6-foot-6 forward could return to Boston, either. "When the time comes, he's going to look at and explore all his options," Bartelstein said. "But Boston is certainly a team he knows well, has a great amount of respect for and really enjoyed his time there." CSNNE.com

June 7, 2011 Updates
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Born with an unusually narrow spinal canal, Marquis Daniels was told before he ever played an NBA game that occasional twinges and numbness would be a routine part of the experience. The former Celtics swingman just never thought this condition, known as spinal stenosis, would force him to question his future in basketball. But the prospects all changed just over four minutes into a Feb. 6 game against Orlando. Daniels collided with the shoulder of Gilbert Arenas and pitched forward onto the floor. He had experienced numbness in his extremities before, but never to what suddenly felt like a paralytic level. Boston Herald

Though Daniels will likely be on the opposite bench the next time he sees them, it will be one of the most welcome sights any Celtic who played with the swingman can imagine. “It was scary,” Ainge said of the Feb. 6 collision with Arenas. “I was at the hospital when he arrived that night, and you could tell that he was pretty shaken up. He had been warned throughout his life that he was taking a risk by playing basketball. “I hope he can continue playing. The fact that he will be healthy enough to try and play again is encouraging, but it’s even just that way for having a life beyond basketball.” Boston Herald

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Devin Harris and Marquis Daniels go back to their days together in Dallas, when they were both rookies on the Mavericks team that lost to Miami in the Finals. Harris said he talked to Daniels after seeing his frightening spinal cord injury against the Magic on Feb. 6, but he hasn’t spoken with Daniels since he was traded to Sacramento at last week’s deadline. Before tonight's game, Harris said: “It’s tough. He’s a little scared right now, but I think if that situation happened to any one of us, we’d be in that same situation. He just wants to get healthy and know that he can go out there and play and be effective. It was hard to watch, knowing that wasn’t even anything out of the ordinary. He was just trying to rip through and when he hit the floor, it was kind of scary.” Boston Globe

February 25, 2011 Updates

The Celtics, in trading Marquis Daniels to Sacramento yesterday, may have known the swingman was not going to play again this year. Daniels’ future is very much up in the air as he confers with doctors in an attempt to come up with a treatment option for his bruised spinal cord, with surgery a strong possibility. Surgery would have eliminated any value Daniels, who signed a veteran’s minimum, one-year contract last summer, had for the Celtics this season. Boston Herald

“We’re looking at a couple of different surgical options,” agent Mark Bartelstein said yesterday in the midst of attempting to figure out where his client would land. “That would end his season, if it came to that. But we have him seeing the best people in the country, and then we’ll go from there.” Bartelstein fully anticipated yesterday’s move.“It’s something we knew might happen with their roster the way it is,” said Bartelstein. “We always knew there was the possibility he would get traded, because they’re trying to free people up on the roster,” he said. “They’ve been talking to a bunch of teams about him.” Boston Herald

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