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Dr. Jack Ramsay likely to retire from broadcasting after season

Apr 5, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

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It will sound strange next season to listen to one of the ESPN national radio broadcasts of an NBA game and not hear the voice and smart commentary of Dr. Jack Ramsay.

It will be stranger yet just not to have him around the game — he’s been involved with the NBA as a coach, general manager or broadcaster for more than 50 years.

But at age 88 he is expected to retire after this season. The NBA legend spoke to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida about it.

“I think this will be my last year,’’ Ramsay, a Naples, Fla., resident who once was a Miami Heat television analyst, said in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida.

Ramsay is in good health, but says he had stayed in broadcasting because he enjoyed working with his friend and play-by-play partner Jim Durham, who died unexpectedly in November at age 65. While Ramsay has had a lot of partners this season, the entire experience has him ready to move on.

After time as a high school and college coach Ramsay entered the NBA in 1966 to be the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers — and they won a ring his first season.

But coaching is where we best know him. By 1968 he was the coach of the 76ers and he coached for 21 NBA seasons (864-783). He was the coach in the plaid jackets that led the 1977, Bill Walton led Trail Blazers to the NBA title. He also coached the Pacers for three seasons in the 1980s.

After that he got into broadcasting, which he has been doing with teams or ESPN ever since.

But he’s moving on now. Which is good for him but a loss for us.

“It’s been a great ride,’’ he said.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Dr. Jack is and always has been a joy to listen to.

  2. loungefly74 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    A sad day. always enjoyed hearing his commentary during games on radio and TV. i wish him a great retirement.

    (oh…by the way, another reminder to guys like PH53, its okay to get “verklempt” to see Ramsey go.)

  3. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I got to meet Dr. Jack about a decade ago and what a kind, gentle man. Best of luck in retirement!

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      I’m sure he will never forget that experience. Anything to help the mentally challenged.

  4. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Who listens to NBA radio broadcasts? I can watch every game on my phone.

  5. miamatt - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    My favorite Ramsey line, during a game around the winter holidays, from an age long since past… “Alonzo Mourning, with the stiocking stuffer!!!”

    He covered a lot of teams and national games during his career. Nothing but respect for this man.

  6. edwardemanuelson - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Absolutely love listening to Dr. Jack in the car. A very smart man, and a great broadcaster with an old school mentality. Happy, well deserved retirement Champ!

  7. lakerluver - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Wow, listening to him broadcast games I did not realize he was 88 years old! He sounds just as sharp as ever. Happy retirement, Dr. Jack, you will be missed.

  8. badintent - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Simply the best. Better than all the rest. The Standard.We will miss him.

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