LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dr. Jack Ramsay, hall of fame coach, broadcaster, and friend to seemingly all NBA players has died at the age of 89. His death was announced Monday by ESPN. Ramsay worked as a broadcaster at the network until last season. No cause of death was immediately given, though Ramsay had battled cancer for many years and was placed in hospice care late last week.
Ramsay, known as "Dr. Jack" throughout the league, coached in the NBA for parts of 21 seasons, including leading Portland to the 1977 NBA title. He then began a long career as one of the league's most revered radio and television analysts.
Ramsay also was an accomplished college coach at Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, taking the Hawks to the 1961 Final Four.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Monday.