Monday brought the sad news that legendary NBA coach, 'Dr. Jack' Ramsay, had passed away aged 89.
Ramsay was a major presence during his 20 years coaching in the NBA, with time spent in Portland, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Indiana - finishing his coaching career with a 864-783 record.
And today, teams across the league expressed their condolences after ESPN announced the Hall of Famer's sad passing.
The Portland Trail Blazers were quick to pay tribute to the man who led them to an NBA championship in 1976-77:
"The Portland Trail Blazers and indeed the NBA have lost an authentic original in Dr. Jack Ramsay.
"In leading this franchise to its first NBA Championship, Dr. Jack set a standard of excellence for his players, coaches and all who crossed his path,” said Portland owner Paul Allen.
Whilst the Indiana Pacers devoted their website homepage to the great man:
"As good as his basketball resume is, it pales in comparison to his resume as a person. We will all miss Jack Ramsay," read their homepage.
Ramsay also spent a number of decades as a leading analyst and broadcaster, lighting up games with his incredible insight into the game, before retiring from the role in 2013.
Dr. Jack was a unique individual in the world of sport, and the rush to pay respects to him as a coach, and a man, shows just how well respected he was within the sporting world.
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