Former Pacers coach, Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay dies

Christian Petersen

The NBA has lost a legendary figure and basketball mind after an exceptional life spent coaching and calling the pro game at a Hall of Fame level.

Former Indiana Pacers coach Dr. Jack Ramsay died early Monday morning, after a long and valiant battle with cancer, according to ESPN. Ramsay was 89.

The Hall of Fame coach spent 21 seasons as an NBA head coach, where he led the Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers to a combined 864-763 record. Ramsay finished his coaching career with the Pacers where he was 79-92. Ramsay ranks 13th in all-time wins and at the time of his retirement trailed only Red Auerbach. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Ramsay is best known for his years coaching the Portland Trail Blazers where his team beat the Philadelphia 76ers to win the 1976-77 NBA championship.

After his coaching career, Ramsay was a fantastic game broadcaster for radio and TV, offering insightful and entertaining game analysis.

In 2010, the NBA awarded Ramsay with the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award given by the NBA to recognize a coach's life in basketball and his "standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion" of the game.

RIP, Dr. Jack.

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