Four months ago, Marquis Daniels laid on the floor, his spine injured, his body motionless, a long and potentially unsuccessful path to recovery awaiting him whenever (and if) his body finally regained movement. Four months later, Daniels has regained movement and professional basketball seemingly awaits. He will “definitely” be able to play next season, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein. And the Boston Celtics could vie for his services. (CSNNE)
“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.”
Bartlestein said Daniels will have another check-up in a couple weeks.
“He can do some light work now, but after that, he should be able to go all-out,” Bartelstein said.
If Daniels can return to full strength, which might be a big if, some team will find itself an adequate backup small forward, one who eats Kyle Korver alive on a pretty consistent basis. Really, if Daniels played poor defenders (or small defenders) every night, he would cause nightmares for opposing coaches. But when he doesn’t have a mismatch, he tends to fade to the background and contribute little to the box score. Even then he’s solid and quiet, kind of the opposite of Tony Allen, who either helps or sucks quite loudly.
I’m discussing basketball, but that’s secondary. The real story: Marquis Daniels is getting his life back. Before we start worrying about roster decisions and where Daniels might sign, let’s rejoice. Our felled player runs again.