The Sixers have released a statement about former general manager and head Dr. Jack Ramsay, following his passing today.
Dr. Jack Ramsay was a legendary figure in Philadelphia and a man whose passion and contributions to this city and the game of basketball will long be remembered,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “He left an indelible mark on the basketball community – from the Big 5 to our organization and throughout his storied career within the NBA – and was a friend and mentor to those who knew him, both on- and off-the-court. On behalf of the Sixers organization, we truly mourn the loss and send our deepest condolences to the entire Ramsay family."
"Dr. Jack," as he was fondly known, went on to take over as general manager of the Sixers and won a title in his first season. He would move from Sixers general manager to head coach and served as Sixers head coach from 1968-1972.
Ramsay left the Sixers following 1972 to take over the Buffalo Braves from 1972-1976. He made his mark on the NBA during his time with the Portland Trail Blazers as he led the franchise to their only NBA title in 1977 in Ramsay's first season in Portland. After his time in Portland, he took over as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers leaving in 1988.
When Ramsay left Indiana, he trailed only Red Auerbach for the most wins all-time in the NBA as a head coach. Ramsay was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
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