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Lone wolf

Instead he discovered crack cocaine and wound being arrested in a Las Vegas police drug sting in 1987. UNLV immediately expelled him. Daniels passed the time playing in semipro and pickup games but his addictions grew worse. The nadir came on May 11, 1989 when he was shot three times in front of his Hollis home after a drug buy went bad.

Against all odds, Daniels recovered from that very near-death experience to be able to play close to six NBA seasons. However even then he couldn’t overcome his fondness for drugs, drinking, and the allure of the nightlife.

Daniels’ harrowing story is told in the new film, “The Legend of Swee’ Pea,” that made its debut at DOC NYC this past week, a festival that is now considered the Cannes of documentaries, since many recent Academy Award winners have been shown here.

First-time director Ben May shows a veteran’s touch as he was able to garner testimony from former NBA stars as John Lucas, Avery Johnson, and David Robinson as well as from the late Jerry Tarkanian who turned out to be the closest thing to a father figure that Lloyd ever had. It should be noted May probably got a little help getting these basketball VIPs to speak on camera from his executive producer, Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Also appearing in the documentary are longtime Forest Hills resident and famed basketball scout Tom Konchalski as well as iconic Benjamin Cardozo High School boys basketball coach Ron Naclerio.

For better or worse, Lloyd is still a big kid in a big 48year-old man’s body.

I spoke with Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones before Friday night’s Cavs-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Although he had been in the NBA 13 years, Jones is far from a household name. What does make him stand out however is that he was a finance major at the University of Miami who graduated with honors.

Jones firmly believes that college athletes should be compensated by their schools beyond the value of a scholarship. He doesn’t use the argument about how much revenue he made of for the U of M but rather the time commitment that he had to give to Miami’s basketball program.

“My friends were able to study and get internships that led to lucrative career paths. I have been fortunate to play in the NBA but the vast majority of college basketball players do not get that opportunity.”

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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