Ramsay, who coached in the league for two decades and is a
member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, led the Trail Blazers to
the play-offs nine times in 10 seasons and coached them to their
only NBA title in 1977, according to the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame's website. He was inducted to the Hall
Ramsay was born in 1925 and began his coaching career at two
Philadelphia-area high schools in 1949. He then moved to the
collegiate level at St. Joseph's College, where his teams
appeared in the post season 10 times.
He earned a doctorate in education from the University of
Pennsylvania, according to ESPN, where he served as an analyst
after retiring from coaching.
"The entire ESPN family is saddened by the loss of our beloved
NBA analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay," ESPN President John Skipper said
in a statement. "It was our great pleasure to work with Dr. Jack
and his energy and zest for life resonated in all that he did.
He leaves an amazing legacy of helping fans understand and
appreciate the game he loved."
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; editing by Scott Malone and Dan Grebler)
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