Dr. Jack Ramsay, the man who led the Portland Trail Blazers to their only NBA Championship (1977) is now in hospice. He will be well cared for as he slows to a finish in his battle with the blood disorder that forced him to retire from radio commentating last May. Ramsay, 89, has struggled through various forms of cancer in his lifetime, but this appears to be the final curtain. He means so much to this city and basketball as a whole that his impending, permanent absence is difficult to swallow.
Sad to report, Jack Ramsay is in hospice. Nothing better over years than getting kind message f Dr Jack re column. Great coach. Greater man.
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) April 25, 2014
Yet, Ramsay will never be absent from our hearts and minds. He gave Portland the pride we carry still today. He is the Trail Blazers coaching archetype, whom all that have followed admire. He will live on through the fans, the players, and the organization. His legacy is undying. I encourage each of you to share your appreciation for him while the outpouring may still be relayed. The man deserves a proper send off. We love you, Dr. Jack.