Dr. Jack Ramsay was the head coach of fascinating Portland Trail Blazers teams of the 1970s, including the team that was the subject of David Halberstam’s The Breaks of the Game and the team that won the franchise’s only championship in 1977.
He turned 89 years old on Friday, and current Blazers head coach Terry Stotts wore a plaid suit jacket in honor of Ramsay to commemorate the occasion.
Here is a side by side so that we can fully appreciate the gesture.
Terry Stotts honoring Jack Ramsay’s 89th birthday. That’s class. pic.twitter.com/1BPDzaCErp
This is excellent, of course. I would have signed off on this move from Stotts no matter what, but especially as a nod to Ramsay. It’s just a good thing Roger Goodell isn’t the NBA’s commissioner, because you better believe he would fine the hell out of Stotts for this.