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Jack Ramsay, basketball coach and broadcaster, dies at 89
Jack Ramsay, basketball coach and broadcaster, dies at 89

Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame basketball coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became a broadcaster, died in his sleep early Monday in Naples, Fla., the team announced. He was 89. Ramsay coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons before embarking on a career as an NBA analyst for ESPN. He was diagnosed with melanoma in 2004 and later battled growths and tumors that spread to his legs, lungs and brain, as well as prostate cancer and most recently a marrow syndrome. His affinity for fitness never wavered, though. Ramsay, who competed in at least 20 triathlons during his life, worked out regularly into his 80s, even as he battled the various forms...

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