Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Dr Jack Ramsay passed away Sunday night at the age of 89.
His family confirmed that Dr Ramsay passed in his sleep on Sunday night in a hospice in Naples, Fla.
The former NBA and NCAA coach and broadcaster had been battling various illnesses since being diagnosed first being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999.
Ramsay coached in the Association for parts of 21 different seasons before retiring and becoming one of the sport’s most respected broadcasters, eventually joining ESPN.
Ramsay will be remembered most of all in Portland, where he guided the team to it’s only NBA title in 1977, his first season in charge. The team missed the playoffs just once in his ten-year stint as head coach.
He compiled an 864-783 record as a head coach and was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1992 before being named as one of the top ten coaches in league history in 1996.
Ramsay also had spells in Buffalo, Indiana and Philadelphia, where, upon his coaching retirement, he became a broadcast analyst for the 76ers before again finding a home with ESPN, enlightening NBA fans worldwide with his unparalleled wealth of basketball knowledge.