Daniels Returns Despite Sore Knee

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Point guard Antonio Daniels returned to the starting lineup against the Utah Jazz last night after missing Saturday's loss in Orlando with a sore right knee. The knee has bothered Daniels since he tweaked it over the summer, but it really became a problem after he played a little more than 20 minutes during a home loss to the Knicks on Friday.

Daniels did not practice Monday or Tuesday.

"It's just a little wear and tear on the knee," Daniels said Tuesday. "That's 12 years of action. That will do that. Twelve years of reckless action, I guess, but I'll be okay. For me to sit out a game it takes a lot. Against Orlando, I couldn't even fathom playing. It even hurt to walk, so I've been doing a lot of rehab. I don't feel comfortable sitting out, especially the way our team is struggling right now."

Juan Dixon started in place of Daniels in Orlando on Saturday night but Coach Eddie Jordan said he went back to the 6-foot-4 Daniels in part because the veteran was a better matchup for Jazz all-star Deron Williams, who at 6-3, is among the more physical point guards in the NBA.

ยท SLOAN KEEPS GOING: Jerry Sloan entered the game with 1,001 wins as coach of the Jazz, an NBA record for a coach with a single franchise.

Among active coaches, Jordan entered the game with 196 wins with the Wizards, ranking him fifth behind Sloan, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (634), the Lakers' Phil Jackson (436) and Golden State's Don Nelson (369).

Sloan was drafted by the Bullets with the sixth pick in 1965 and spent one season with the franchise before he was lost to Chicago in the expansion draft.

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