Lost in all the Donald Sterling scandal was the death of NBA icon Dr. Jack Ramsay. At the age of 89, Ramsey had lived a full life — one dominated by the game of basketball — and his death has left a void that may never again be filled.
Ramsay touched so many lives in the NBA during his time in the league and many of the stars and coaches we know today partially got to where they are because of the teachings or inspirations of Jack Ramsey.
He was staple in the Trail Blazers organization, and as a result the team will be immediately honoring him by wearing a plaid patch on their uniforms starting tonight against the Houston Rockets.
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 30, 2014
The patch’s plaid touch represents Ramsay’s style but the patch itself and the quick nature of the honor is proof of how deeply Ramsay touched the game. There are titans of basketball and Jack Ramsay is up there with the best of them, as not only did he help get the NBA on the right path but he helped lay the foundation for the game we’ve come to love today.