Looking back at the life of 'Dr. Jack' Ramsay
The Portland Trail Blazers will honor legendary coach Jack Ramsay by wearing custom "Dr. Jack" jersey patches for the remainder of the playoffs.
Ramsay, a graduate of Upper Darby High School and Saint Joseph's University, died Monday following a long battle with cancer (see story). He was 89.
"Dr. Jack," as he was affectionately known, played for and coached at St. Joe's, leading his alma mater to 10 postseason tournament appearances and a 234-72 record. He also won an NBA title as Sixers general manager in 1967 and coached the team from 1968-72.
Ramsay delivered an NBA championship in his first season as head coach of the Trail Blazers in 1976. With stars like Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas, Portland managed to beat the Sixers in six games in the final series. Ramsey coached the Blazers for nine more seasons before spending the final three years of his NBA sideline career with the Indiana Pacers.
In his honor, Portland will wear a little plaid patch for Dr. Jack for the remainder of the postseason. The Blazers entered Wednesday with a 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.