Chicago Bulls rookie Quintin Dailey, who failed to appear for tonight's game against the New York Knicks, was found sleeping in his suburban Northbrook home, police said.
Team officials had told police earlier in the evening that they had not seen or heard from Dailey, 21, since mid-afternoon.
"There's absolutely no case -- he was at home," a spokeswoman for the Northbrook police said early Wednesday. "Nothing happened. He was at home." Chicago won the game, 91-85.
Police from Northbrook and Chicago said no missing-persons report had been filed on Dailey, a guard, because a person must be missing for 24 hours before being considered officially missing, authorities said. Earlier, the Associated Press had reported team sources as saying that police had issued an all-points bulletin, but police officials denied the report.
Bulls Coach Paul Westhead said players are supposed to be present at 6:05 p.m. -- 1 1/2 hours before game time. When Dailey, the Bulls' first-round draft pick, was 15 minutes late, a team official made a call to his apartment but received no answer. The team then called the police.
"I'm worried like a parent would be," Westhead said. "I'm just hoping for the best. I didn't recognize any difference in him. He's been very, very consistent until today."
Dailey was present at an hour-long practice that ended about noon today and was seen at 4:45 p.m. by teammate Rod Higgins, who shares an apartment with Dailey.
Higgins said Dailey told him he would see him at the stadium, but when Dailey did not appear, Higgins said he was concerned.
In 19 games, the 6-foot-3 Dailey was averaging 15.6 points. He drew the ire of women's groups for pleading guilty to a plea-bargained lesser charge of assault after he was charged with raping a female student at the University of San Francisco.