Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay through the years

Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the NBA's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89.

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Chuck Person #45 of the Indiana Pacers sits with Head Coach Jack Ramsay before a gamea gainst the Portland Trail Blazers played circa 1987 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

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Bob Lanier, Jack Ramsay, Lou Carnesecca and Connie Hawkins (l. to r.) share a laugh at Basketball Hall of Fame ceremonies., (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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Portland Trailblazers head coach Jack Ramsay talks to his team in the huddle circa 1985 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

FILE - In this May 22, 1977, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Jack Ramsay signals to his team late in an NBA basketball game against the 76ers in Philadelphia. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/File)

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - 1975: Buffalo Braves head coach Jack Ramsay smiles circa 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1975 NBAE (Photo by Jim Cummins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Indiana Pacers head coach Jack Ramsay looks on against the Los Angeles Clippers during a game circa 1987 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.

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Jack Ramsay, head coach of the Buffalo Braves gestures during a game against the Boston Celtics played in 1974 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Indiana Pacers head coach Jack Ramsay looks on against the Portland Trail Blazers circa 1986 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

In this Friday, May 28, 1977, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Jack Ramsay autographs a basketball as the team arrived in Portland, Ore., as the trail Blazers trail the Philadelphia 76ers two games to none in their best of seven series for the NBA basketball title. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89

FILE - In this Friday, May 28, 1977, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Jack Ramsay autographs a basketball as the team arrived in Portland, Ore., as the trail Blazers trail the Philadelphia 76ers two games to none in their best of seven series for the NBA basketball title. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/File)

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Head Coach Jack Ramsay instructs Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers against the Portland Trailblazers circa 1990 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.

In this Sunday, April, 14, 2002, file photo, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Jack Ramsay smiles during a special 25th anniversary reunion of the Trail Blazers' 1976-77 championship team at halftime of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in Portland, Ore. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89

FILE - In this Sunday, April, 14, 2002, file photo, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Jack Ramsay smiles during a special 25th anniversary reunion of the Trail Blazers' 1976-77 championship team at halftime of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in Portland, Ore. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/Shane Young, File)

In this Oct. 12, 2000, file photo, provided by the University of Tennessee, Tyler Summitt, center, holds onto his mother, Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, as she talks with former NBA coach Jack Ramsay at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/University of Tennessee Sports Information, Debby Jennings)

Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay dies at 89

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 6: Dr. Jack Ramsay speaks at the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award prior to Game Two of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 6, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 12: Herb Magee shakes hands with Hall of Fame Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FILE - In this Monday Nov. 8, 2010, file photo, former Portland Trail Blazer coach Jack Ramsay speaks at a memorial service for former Portland Trail Blazer Maurice Lucas at Memorial Coliseum, in Portland, Ore. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league's most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Bruce Ely, File)