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Derrek Dickey, 51; NBA Player, Broadcaster Still Holds Finals Record

June 27, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Derrek Dickey, 51, a member of the Golden State Warriors championship team in 1975 who later broadcast National Basketball Assn. games for the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings, died Tuesday at his home near Sacramento.

The cause was apparently a heart attack.

Dickey, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, played five seasons in the NBA, helping the Warriors sweep the Washington Bullets for the 1975 league championship. Dickey set an NBA finals record that still stands, shooting 73.9% from the field. He ended his playing career with the Bulls in 1978.

A three-year letterman at the University of Cincinnati, Dickey led the team in scoring in 1971, averaging 17.9 points per game, and was the team's most valuable player in 1972.

After his NBA career, Dickey did some broadcasting work for the University of Cincinnati. He then spent three seasons with the Kings as a color commentator.

While working as a radio analyst for the Bulls in 1997, he suffered a stroke that left him with limited use of his left side. However, he later returned to the broadcasting booth for the Bulls.

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