The Portland Trail Blazers will pay tribute to late coach and broadcaster Dr. Jack Ramsay by donning a patch on their uniforms the remainder of their postseason, the team announced Wednesday. Ramsay passed away on Monday at the age of 89.
The patch features “Dr. Jack 77″ written in the old school Trail Blazers font on a field of red, white and black plaid.
Ramsay wore a trademark polyester plaid jacket during his Hall of Fame career, which included coaching the 1976-77 Trail Blazers to the franchise's only NBA championship.
"We will be honoring him, and I’m sure I will bring out some 70’s apparel at some point down the road, but not right now,’’ head coach Terry Stotts told The Oregonian’s Jason Quick. “I was glad to be able to pay tribute to him when I did.”
Stotts wore a polyester plaid jacket earlier this year on Ramsay’s 89th birthday.
The Trail Blazers' press release reveals the team plans multiple salutes to Ramsay:
“This is an emotional time for not just those who love the Trail Blazers, but also anyone who appreciated the greatness of Dr. Jack,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Moda Center. “The uniform patch unveiled tonight honors the unique style of Dr. Jack, but also pays homage to his signature achievement in leading the Trail Blazers to their first and only NBA Championship as a franchise. The patch launches a series of recognitions we believe will bestow the honor and reverence Dr. Jack deserves.”