Maurice Lucas
Lakers speak fondly of the late Jack Ramsay
Lakers speak fondly of the late Jack Ramsay

The NBA lost one of its elder statesmen on Monday with the passing of Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay. 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 Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.  "Although we never worked together directly, it was my pleasure and honor to have gotten to know him and join him in the NBA family over the past 37 years. On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, we send our deepest condolences to the Ramsay...