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Former Bulls guard Quintin Dailey dead at 49

11.10.10 at 8:41 am ET

Quintin Dailey, a former University of San Francisco All-American and Bulls first-round draft pick, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on Monday. According to a Clark County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman, Dailey died naturally of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was 49.

At USF. Dailey became one of the best offensive players in Dons history, scoring 1,841 points in three years before the Bulls chose him with the seventh overall pick of the 1982 draft. Dailey spent four of his 10 NBA seasons with the Bulls, averaging 16.4 ppg in 272 career games. He then went on to play for the Clippers and SuperSonics.

Dailey’s NBA career, as well as his time at USF, was punctuated by off-court controversies. He was charged in February of 1982 with attempted assault with intent to rape a USF nursing student and received three years probation after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. The other charger were dropped. Dailey also reportedly twice violated the NBA’s drug policy for cocaine use, and admitted to being paid for work he didn’t do while a USF. These incidents helped persuade USF to shut down its once-storied basketball program in 1982. The program was resurrected again in 1986.

After retiring in 1992, Dailey settled in Las Vegas. He worked as a youth supervisor for at-risk kids with the Clark County Park and Recreations Department and officiated youth basketball games. Dailey is survived by his daughter, Quinci, and son Quintin Jr., a basketball player at Eastern Michigan.

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