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Former Knicks player, Lakers physician Ernie Vandeweghe dies at 86

FILE - In this April 1, 1947, file photo provided by Madison Square Garden, Colgate basketball player Ernie Vandeweghe poses in uniform. Vandeweghe, the former Colgate and New York Knicks player and father of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe and pro tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe, has died. He was 86. The death was confirmed Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, by the NBA through its NBA history Twitter feed and by granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe in a Facebook post. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden, File)

FILE - In this April 1, 1947, file photo provided by Madison Square Garden, Colgate basketball player Ernie Vandeweghe poses in uniform. Vandeweghe, the former Colgate and New York Knicks player and father of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe and pro tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe, has died. He was 86. The death was confirmed Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, by the NBA through its NBA history Twitter feed and by granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe in a Facebook post. (AP Photo/Madison Square Garden, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ernie Vandeweghe, the former New York Knicks player and father of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe and pro tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe, has died. He was 86.

The death was confirmed Sunday by the NBA through its NBA history Twitter feed and by granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe in a Facebook post. The cause and place of death were not given.

Vandeweghe averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 224 regular-season games for the Knicks from 1949-56. He averaged 19.1 points in in four seasons at Colgate.

Born in Montreal, Vandeweghe went to medical school while he was in the NBA. He served as a physician in the U.S. Air Force and was the Lakers' team physician when the team moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.