HEAT Statements on Dr. Jack Ramsay

Dr. Jack Ramsay

MIAMI, FL – The following statements were released today on the passing of Dr. Jack Ramsay:

MIAMI HEAT:

“Dr. Jack was and is a treasured part of our Miami HEAT family. While a broadcaster with the HEAT for eight seasons from 1992-2000, he was a coach, teacher, mentor and friend to all in the Miami HEAT organization and has been a special part of the family ever since. Dr. Jack Ramsay led a Hall of Fame life. In fact, he led several of them as his college, NBA and broadcasting careers were all individually extraordinary careers. Add in a life as a Navy Seal, a Doctorate and most importantly, a husband and father to his family. His was a life well lived. Thank you Dr. Jack for being in our lives.”

MICKY ARISON:

“The HEAT family has lost a great man today. When I first bought the team, we had no basketball organization in place and Dr. Jack was the first person who I turned to for advice. So for a few days, he was the entire basketball organization for the Miami HEAT. Over the years I often turned to him for advice and he will be sorely missed by us all. My deepest sympathies to his family and all that loved him.”

PAT RILEY:

“This is a very sad day for basketball, not just professional basketball, but the entire basketball world. The game has lost a giant today. Dr. Jack Ramsay meant a great deal to me as a mentor when I was coaching and while I've been with the HEAT running the team. Our sympathies go out to his family and to all the people who really cared about Jack and what he's meant to them and what he's meant to this game. His legacy will live on through all the coaches and all the player's he's had relationships with over the years.”