Dr. Jack Ramsay departs ESPN Radio with career likely over, will return home for medical treatment

Christian Petersen

Legendary coach and longtime broadcaster Dr. Jack Ramsay must return home to Naples due to illness and will apparently not continue to work anymore.

Basketball Hall of Famer and former Miami HEAT television analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay announced he is immediately leaving his ESPN Radio broadcast spot and returning home to Naples, Florida to seek treatment for an unspecified medical condition.

"I need some medical treatments at this time and will be unable to work the rest of NBA postseason on ESPN Radio," Ramsay said in a statement to ESPN. "I'll miss doing the broadcasts, but I'll be watching and listening."

His broadcasting career is likely over and with it the 88-year old legend leaves behind a career that has spanned more than half a century and included 20 consecutive years as head coach of five NBA teams, including a championship as the head coach of the Portland Trailblazers in 1976-77.

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, the same year he began working side-by-side with current HEAT TV broadcaster Eric Reid for the next eight years calling Heat games together. Many Heat fans grew up with the legendary Ramsay excitedly reacting to a Voshon Lenard three-pointer, a Tim Hardaway crossover dribble to blow past his defender, or an Alonzo Mourning rim-rattling slam dunk.

Ramsay had already stated that this season was to be his last calling games for ESPN. He was set to work on tonight's Game 3 of the Heat vs Bulls East Semifinals series in Chicago before announcing his departure.

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