View Full Version : OT: Jack Ramsey Passes

04-28-2014, 06:37 AM
'Dr. Jack' Ramsay, legendary NBA coach and a voice of the Miami Heat, dies at 89 (http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/28/4085138/dr-jack-ramsay-legendary-nba-coach.html)

Jack Ramsay, Who Led Trail Blazers to NBA Title, Dies at 89 (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-28/jack-ramsay-who-coached-trail-blazers-to-nba-title-dies-at-89.html)


04-28-2014, 06:48 AM
Unbelievable coach, esp at St Joe. Larry Brown without the tsuris

maynard g krebs
04-28-2014, 10:50 AM
Blazers, before Walton's injury, might have played the best team basketball ever.

04-28-2014, 11:42 AM
Blazers, before Walton's injury, might have played the best team basketball ever.

No doubt. Loved Bobby Gross.

04-28-2014, 11:45 AM
A good spokesman for the game, a bright funny guy who was tough at the same time. RIP Jack!
Where do we find guys like him in this day and age??

04-28-2014, 02:22 PM
This Hawk will never die. Hoy, Courtin, Bantom, Guokas, Jr,, Oakes, Ford, Duff, ...... Great games at the Palestra.

04-28-2014, 02:32 PM
Always made me happy when I stumbled upon an NBA game on the radio when he was doing color commentary. So amazing that he was able to keep doing it up until last year!

04-28-2014, 06:28 PM

Jack Ramsay, father and friend

No matter what we say about Jack Ramsay today, it will seem inadequate. It won't be enough.

He led such a great life. He did so many great things. He was a great man, a giver.

In his public life, he was famous, a Hall of Famer, a world champion. He had colorful friends named Cotton and Hubie and Halberstam and Talese. He traveled the world teaching, coaching and broadcasting. He brought Wilt Chamberlain home for dinner...

Last summer when my dad was already very sick, a FedEx box arrived at his home with a DVD inside. On the video were dozens of kids doing basketball drills. Many of them were barefoot. The court was broken clay. The baskets were rusty and falling down. But these kids were working very hard, doing drills and more drills for 20 minutes. Kids and coaches working and sweating in the sun on a hot, hot day in Zimbabwe.

The camera panned away from the action to a sign on a fence that said, "The Jack Ramsay Grassroots Basketball Development Clinic." As his life was ending, a hopeful project with his name on it was just beginning. Part of his legacy is there, on a basketball court in a clearing on the other side of the world.

He did a lot of great things. Some were broadcast into millions of homes. Some no one knew about. He had integrity and ambition and a big imagination. His imagination might have been his greatest gift. It allowed him to envision the great life he led and to create the world in which he lived ... in which we lived.

If he were here today, he would say, "Use your imagination. Imagine the life you want to live, and live it."

ESPN Article Link (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10851183/dr-jack-ramsay-father-friend)

I remember watching St. Joseph's coached by Jack Ramsey 3 or 4 times in the early to mid-60s playing in the East Regionals
of the NCAA Tournament at Cole Field House in College Park, MD.

St. Joe's was always an entertaining team that usually played a pressing and running style of basketball.

Names like Tom Wynne, Jim Lynam, Jim Boyle, Cliff Anderson, Matt Guokas and Marty Ford are players that I remember
from those days. I think in 1966, Jack Ramsey and St. Joe's just missed an opportunity to play in the Final Four.