Former Pacers Coach Jack Ramsay Dies

Published 04/28 2014 10:53AM

Updated 04/28 2014 11:02AM

Jack Ramsay
Jack Ramsay
Hall of Fame NBA coach Dr. Jack Ramsay died Monday in Naples, Fla., having battled cancer for more than a decade and a half.

He was 89. Family members say he died peacefully in his sleep.

Ramsay, also an ESPN analyst, coached 20 seasons in the NBA, during which he emphasized fitness, selflessness, ball movement and skill -- qualities that carried his Portland Trail Blazers team to the 1976-77 championship.

Ramsay has long been an icon in Portland, remembered as much for his distinctive 1970s fashion sense as for the city's only NBA title.

He coached the Indiana Pacers to playoff berth in 1986-1987, but finished below .500 in 1987-1988 and left after an 0-7 start in 1988-1989.

In his 20 seasons as coach, Ramsay made the playoffs 16 times. He also won a title while serving as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1966-67 season. Ramsay was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

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