Jack Ramsay

John T. (Jack) Ramsay was born in Philadelphia in 1925. He holds a B.S. degree from Saint Joseph's College and  M.S. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he taught and coached basketball at the high school and college levels. He began his NBA coaching career with the Philadelphia 76ers (1966–1972), followed by the Buffalo Braves (1972–1976), the Portland Trail Blazers (1976–1986), and the Indiana Pacers (1986–1988). The Blazers were 1977 NBA Champions. After 1988, he was a radio and television analyst and worked for ESPN beginning in 1992. His publications include Pressure Basketball (2007). Jack Ramsay died in April 2014.

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  • Portland Trail Blazers

    The Early Years It was February 1970 when, at the last minute, sports promoter Harry Glickman pulled together the funding and Portland was awarded a National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise. The investors, who collectively contributed the necessary $3.8 million, were Herman Sarkowsky, Larry Weinberg, and Bob Schmertz. Portland joined Buffalo …

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