Former player Dierking dies at 77

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Former NBA player Connie Dierking died, WKRC-TV announced Monday. He was 77.

Dierking starred at the University of Cincinnati with Oscar Robertson in the late 1950s and played professionally for more than a decade. He was also part of a trade that sent Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1965.

Dierking, a 6-foot-10 center, was a first-round pick of the Syracuse Nationals in 1958. The franchise later became the 76ers.

In 1965, he was among three players traded to the San Francisco Warriors that brought Chamberlain to Philadelphia. Chamberlain led the 76ers to the NBA title in 1967.

Dierking was later traded by the Warriors to the Cincinnati Royals, where he reunited with Robertson. He averaged a career-high 16.7 points in 1969-70 for the Royals.

He also played in the American Basketball League during his pro career.

Dierking averaged 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in his NBA career. After retiring, he worked as an analyst on University of Cincinnati broadcasts in the 1980s.

He is survived by his wife, Robyn, and five children.

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