Everyone in Rip City remembers Jack Ramsey, and if they don’t remember him, they appreciate him.
Those Blazers finished 49-33, for second in the Pacific Division — then went on a fairly surprising run, which concluded with an upset win over Julius “Dr. J” Erving and the 76ers in the championship series.
Now, the Blazers are honoring their long-ago coach and his sideline suits by sporting some plaid in their City Edition uniforms, revealed Thursday.
Ramsey started as an NBA coach with the 76ers, then moved on to the Buffalo Braves (now the Clippers), before landing in Portland. When he arrived, the Blazers had not finished with a winning record or made the playoffs in their six seasons.
He coached them to the championship in his first year.
The Blazers were 50-10 in Ramsey’s second season, which is when Walton suffered a broken foot. Until that point, they were considered title favorites. Instead, they haven’t won one since.
Ramsey went on to become on the NBA’s most respected broadcast analysts. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 89.
Today’s Blazers (2-3) will wear the special uniforms for Friday’s In-Season Tournament opener vs. the Grizzlies.