(CNN) — Hall of Fame former NBA coach John “Dr. Jack” Ramsay, who became a basketball TV analyst years after winning a league championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, has died at age 89, his longtime employer ESPN said Monday on Twitter.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately announced. Ramsay had battled various types of cancer for more than a decade.
The Philadelphia native made his mark in the collegiate and professional coaching ranks, taking St. Joseph’s College to 10 postseason appearances in the 1950s and 1960s before becoming general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, winning an NBA title in 1967.
He later coached the 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers, earning a 864-783 record from 1968 to 1988.