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Friday, March 6, 2009


The club has not released any information about how advanced Chuck Daly's cancer is but the raw statistics on pancreatic cancer are grim.  The disease is considered largely incurable and usually, inoperable. The survival rate for all patients with that form of cancer for one year is 20 percent; The five-year survival rate is 4 percent. Factor in Daly's age, and the odds get even longer.
"I wish him the best," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "That's a tough cancer to get."
But his friends don't care about those numbers.
"If there's one guy who can battle this whole thing," longtime Pistons trainer Mike Abdenour said, "it's Chuck Daly. he has always been a fighter."