Mel Daniels Released From Hospital, Resting at Home

by Mark Montieth

September 7, 2012 | Updated: 6:01 PM

Mel Daniels will speak at his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame tonight. But it will be via videotape.

Daniels, who returned home Friday morning, recorded his acceptance speech from his St. Vincent's Hospital room on Thursday, where he had been admitted on Tuesday with a urinary tract disorder.

"I'm better, but tired," he told "I need to rest and take it easy for a few days."

Daniels began feeling ill Monday evening, with chills and shakes. His wife, Cece, took him to the emergency room on Tuesday, where he was diagnosed with a urinary tract disorder.

"I thought I had bought it when I went in," he said.

Daniels still had a high fever when he put on a coat and tie for the recording of his speech.

"I was sweating like a pig," he said, laughing.

Daniels was upset to have to miss the celebration, particularly with close friend Reggie Miller going into the Hall on the same evening. Several members of the Pacers front office will be in attendance.

"Reggie called, he was upset," Daniels said. "Jeff (Foster) called. A lot of guys have been calling and sending texts. I really appreciate the concern. I wanted to be there. It's just one of those freak things."

Earlier Post (updated 3:56 PM)

As of 3:00 PM today, I learned that Mel Daniels had been released from the hospital.

Attempts to reach his cell phone were unsuccessful.

It is purely speculation on my part, but members of the Pacers front office, including Donnie Walsh, were planning to travel to Springfield today. Could it be that he's on that plane to Springfield?

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