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Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay dies

(SportsNetwork.com) - Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay has died. He was 89 years old.

According to ESPN, the network for which Ramsay worked after his successful coaching career, the long-time NBA and college mentor died in his sleep Monday after a long battle with cancer.

The Philadelphia native landed his first NBA head coaching job with the 76ers in 1968 and spent four seasons with his hometown team. He also coached the Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers in a 20-year career.

Ramsay won an NBA title in 1977 with Portland, beating the 76ers. He had an overall record of 864-783 with 17 playoff appearances.

Prior to his NBA career, Ramsay coached at his alma mater, Saint Joseph's, for 11 seasons. The Hawks were 234-72 with seven NCAA Tournament appearances from 1955-66 under Ramsay, reaching the school's only Final Four in 1961.

Ramsay later had a long basketball broadcasting career and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

04/28 08:38:28 ET