Report: NBA legend, Heat broadcaster Jack Ramsay dead at 89

 
 
Jack Ramsay, former NBA coach and Miami Heat commentator, has died at age 89.
Jack Ramsay, former NBA coach and Miami Heat commentator, has died at age 89.
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Miami Herald Staff Report

Jack Ramsay, former NBA coach and Miami Heat commentator, has died at age 89, ESPN reports.

Ramsay coached in the NBA from 1976 to 1986 and won a title with the Portland TrailBlazers in 1977.

Ramsay had been fighting cancer for the past couple of years.

Affectionately known as “Dr. Jack,” Ramsay -- with a doctorate degree in education from Pennsylvania -- he had distinguished himself throughout his life. In addition to his NBA title, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

He announced games since retiring as a coach early in the 1998-89 season and worked as the Heat’s TV analyst from 1992 through 2000.

Ramsay endeared himself to Heat fans not only with his cogent commentary but also his playful expressions, such as “Slamma!” after dunks.

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