Former NBA player Conrad Dierking passes away at 77

connie-dierkingFormer University of Cincinnati basketball star and longtime NBA player Conrad W. “Connie” Dierking has died at 77, Ohio NewsDay reported.

He is survived by wife Robyn and their five children.

Dierking’s death was announced Monday by WKRC-TV, where daughter Cammy Dierking is a news anchor. It was confirmed by the University of Cincinnati. No other details were released immediately.

The Brooklyn-born Dierking starred for the Bearcats in the late 1950s. The 6-foot-10 center was a UC teammate of Oscar Robertson, and they were reunited with the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association in the late 1960s.

Dierking had been a 1958 first round pick of the Syracuse Nationals.

Dierking also played for the Philadelphia 76ers and San Francisco Warriors over more than a decade in the NBA. Dierking played in 706 NBA games, averaging 10 ppg, 6.7 rpg in 21.9 mpg.


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