Dr. Jack Ramsay Dies; Basketball Hall Of Fame Coach Called NBA For ESPN Radio
April 28, 2014 at 6:26 AM (PT)
DR. JACK RAMSAY, the Basketball Hall of Fame coach who later became ESPN RADIO's NBA color commentator, has died at 89 at his home in NAPLES, FL after a long battle with cancer.
RAMSAY, a PHILADELPHIA native, coached the ST. JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY HAWKS in 1955-66 before moving into the NBA as GM of the PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, who won the NBA championship in his first season there. He took over as head coach in 1968-72, then moved to coach the BUFFALO BRAVES in 1972-76. Moving to the PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS, he won the NBA title in his first season (1976-77); he coached the BLAZERS through 1986, then coached the INDIANA PACERS in 1986-87 and seven games into the following season.
RAMSAY called 76ERS and MIAMI HEAT games on television and NBA national games for ESPN TV and radio, leaving in MAY 2013 during the NBA playoffs to get treatment for cancer.