Naples, FL, United States (NewsBahn) – Hall of Fame NBA coach Dr. Jack Ramsay died Monday in Naples, Fla, losing a battle with cancer that lasted over a decade.
He was 89 and reportedly died peacefully in his sleep.
NBA great Reggie Miller recalled how Ramsay helped his career.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ramsay family… Thank you for believing in a skinny kid from Riverside CA in ’87.. Great friend,” tweeted Miller.
ESPN colleagues were equally saddened over his death.
“So sad to hear of Dr.Jack Ramsay passing. Class, grace, loyalty, brilliance and heart barely begin to describe him. Prayers to his family,” tweeted Mike Tirico.
Ramsay guided the Portland Trail Blazers team to the 1976-77 championship, their only NBA title.