Lloyd Daniels' latest comeback, scheduled to begin Monday with a news conference in Miami, stalled instead in Dallas.

Daniels, whose once-promising career repeatedly has been stymied by bad grades and drugs, agreed to a one-season contract with the new Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League. But when the time came for the publicity-hungry Tropics to introduce their new star to the media, the 6-foot-8 Daniels - true to form - was nowhere to be found."His plane was fogged in in Dallas," explained Kevin Koffman, the Tropics' director of operations.

A phone call to inquire about the fog prompted laughter from a public relations official at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

"No, it's beautiful here today," she said.

Koffman later made a clarification.

"His girlfriend said he was fogged in. He told me it was a mechanical problem," Koffman said.

Once labeled among the greatest prep players in New York City history, Daniels flunked out of four high schools, was arrested in a crack house and was shot over a drug debt. He last played organized basketball in 1988, when he was cut by the Topeka Sizzlers of the Continental Basketball Association.

Now 23, Daniels will get what Koffman described as a "last chance" with the Tropics, who open their 20-game season June 5.

"This is the league of opportunity," Koffman said. "I want to present this guy with an opportunity to do well."