Blazers hope to name street after Dr. Jack

Blazers hope to name street after Dr. Jack

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PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 17: Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Jack Ramsay is honored and presented with a No. 77 ``Rip City'' jersey in tribute to the Blazers 1977 NBA championship prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at The Rose Garden on December 17, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 105-102. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 9:04 AM

PORTLAND -- The Portland Trail Blazers are working with city officials to rename a Rose Quarter street after legendary coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who died earlier this week.

Commissioner Steve Novick and the Blazers hope to rename Winning Way to Ramsay Way, to honor the man who led the team to a win in the 1977 NBA Championship.

“Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and I believe this is a perfect way to salute Jack Ramsay,” Novick said Thursday. “I have owed Dr. Jack a huge debt of gratitude since June 5, 1977, when, as a kid in Cottage Grove, I watched Oregon’s team claim the NBA title. It is an honor to have a chance to pay him a proper tribute.”

Blazers president Chris McGowan said renaming the street just north of the Moda Center would give Ramsay a place of prominence in the city he loved.

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“Dr. Jack is a permanent icon in the storied history of the Trail Blazers and indeed the NBA,” McGowan said. "We are proud to partner with Commissioner Novick to bring this resolution before the city council.”

Novick plans to introduce the resolution at the next Portland City Council meeting on May 7.

Meanwhile, the Blazers are wearing a commemorative plaid patch on their uniforms reading "Dr. Jack '77" for the remainder of their NBA playoff run.

And as a lasting tribute to Ramsay, McGowan said the team will establish the Spirit of Rip City Award, to be given annually to "a coach, educator, administrator or community activist whose focus, determination and never-give-up spirit, coaching hallmarks of Ramsay, makes a meaningful contribution to the greater Portland community."

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