Hayes relates to Wilcox's situation

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Hayes relates to Wilcox's situation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. News travels pretty fast in the NBA, such as Boston Celtics forward Chris Wilcox being out for the year.

But Sacramento Kings forward Chuck Hayes didn't know why, until Friday.

That it is when a reporter informed him that Wilcox was out for the year due to a heart-related issue that would require surgery.

"It's heart-related?" a visibly shaken Hayes said. "Wow!"

The uncertainty that Wilcox is experiencing now about his future with the Celtics, with basketball, with life Hayes knows all too well what Wilcox is experiencing now emotionally.

Hayes had a four-year deal worth 21.3 million with the Sacramento Kings voided after a heart abnormality came up in his physical.

However, additional tests cleared him to play and he later signed another four-year deal with the Kings worth slightly more (22.4 million).

Wilcox was not as fortunate, with additional tests indicating surgery, which will be performed on March 29, was needed to repair his heart condition.

"It's tough," Hayes told CSNNE.com. "It puts things in a different light, as far as your life. A situation like that, it really puts it all in perspective. Anything internal, that's scary."

So was the grueling regimen of tests that Hayes recalls as the "worst 11 hours of my life."

Like Wilcox and another Celtics player who is out this year due to a heart-related condition, Jeff Green, Hayes spent some time at the Mayo Clinic in Cleveland.

"You got blood work, IV, treadmill, EKG, Echos, the whole nine," Hayes recalled.

As draining as it was mentally and physically, not knowing exactly what was going on with his body was even worst.

"It's worth it, all the tests, because they let you know where you stand with your body and your health," Hayes said. "But it is really tough on your mind and body, going through all those tests in one day."

While the surgery will keep Wilcox sidelined for the rest of this season, doctors have indicated he should make a full recovery and be able to resume playing next season.

"Staying positive is really important," Hayes said.

Hayes recalls getting words of encouragement via texts from a number of players such as Juwan Howard, Ronnie Turiaf (who also had heart surgery) and LaMarcus Aldridge, to name a few.

"Hearing from others really helps," Hayes said. "It's really bad to hear that he's going through something like this. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, and I pray that he'll be back on the court real soon."

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.