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Dr. Jack Ramsay- How Basketball Saved My Life

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 16, 2011 at 4:22 AM

He's an iconic coach,and one of the great basketball minds of all time.I see him on the sidelines in Portland,and working the broadcast booth for ESPN.

When he arrived to  Portland in 1976, the Blazers had not made the playoffs or compiled a winning record in their six-year history. However, he arrived just as a young team, led by Bill Walton, started to gel, and also benefited from the ABA dispersal draft in the 1976 off-season, in which the Blazers picked up hard-nosed power forward Maurice Lucas. In his first season in Portland (1977), Ramsay led the Blazers to their first and only NBA title to date.

Checkout this from his new book.

And all the stress and general wear and tear on body and soul from 37 years of coaching at the high school, college, and professional levels? Hard to measure, of course, but I don't regret a single minute that I spent on the sidelines of the game to which I've devoted my entire adult life.

Then, in 1999, a routine medical exam turned up an opponent I hadn't reckoned with -- prostate cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early on, and after radiation therapy and a procedure that shot radioactive iodine pellets into the prostate gland, my doctors assured me that they'd gotten it all. Arranging my treatments around my work schedule, I didn't miss a single game that season as a TV color commentator with the Miami Heat.


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