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Dr. Jack Ramsay Dr. Jack Ramsay

By Ed Odeven

TOKYO (April 28, 2014) — Although he hadn’t coached in the NBA since 1988, Dr. Jack Ramsay’s distinguished broadcasting work on radio and TV, sharp basketball mind and his ever-present enthusiasm for the game made him a relevant, well-respected analyst. That continued until he stepped down from his ESPN duties in 2013 due to health issues.

When Dr. Jack passed away on Monday at age 89, there was an outpouring of emotions on social media for a man who loved life, loved his work and loved people. (See below)

One of the best sports books I’ve ever read, David Halberstam’s timeless “The Breaks of the Game,” followed the 1979-80 Portland Trail Blazers’ season, just two seasons after Ramsay had guided the Blazers to an NBA championship.

The book brilliantly portrays the human side of the great coach, the struggles of that team, the injuries…

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