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“We spoke a lot about how we were brought up and why we were so fortunate to do what we do for so long,” Riley said.

At Daly’s funeral in Tequesta, Fla., in 2009, Riley was moved to tears. Many of Daly’s best Pistons were there — Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn and Vinnie Johnson were pallbearers. And Carlisle, who was an assistant under Daly, attended as well, even though his Mavericks had a playoff game that night in Denver. Carlisle said missing the funeral was just not an option. He made it to the game in plenty of time.

That’s how much Daly meant to people.