NBRPA mourns the loss of Connie Dierking

January 2, 2014

The NBRPA extends condolences to the family of former NBA and ABA player Connie Dierking, who passed away at 77.

The Brooklyn-born Dierking played with NBRPA founding member Oscar Robertson for the University of Cincinnati in 1957-58. He later teamed with Robertson and Jerry Lucas on the NBA's Cincinnati Royals.

Dierking averaged 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in his NBA career. He averaged a career-high 16.7 points in 1969-70 for the Royals.

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

After retiring,Dierking did color commentary for his alma mater in the 1980s.

Dierking is survived by wife Robyn and five children.