The former Portland Trail Blazers coach, and 1977 NBA champion, lost a long battle to cancer, dying in his sleep at age 89.
"I’ve been an admirer of Dr. Jack Ramsay since I was playing high school basketball in New York and he was coaching the [Philadelphia] 76ers," said
After a long career in the NBA both as coach and general manager, Ramsay worked as a television and radio broadcaster.
Ramsay's NBA title in Portland was won with center Bill Walton and forward Maurice Lucas.
"Jack's life is a beacon which guides us all," said Walton in 2007 to USA Today. "He is our moral compass, our spiritual inspiration. He represents the conquest of substance over hype. He is a true saint of circumstance."