Long-time NBA broadcaster Dr Jack Ramsay will be retiring at the end of this season, according to a report from Fox Sports Florida. The 88-year old Ramsay has apparently been devastated over the loss of his long-time broadcast partner Jim Durham in November, and this will be the final run for his broadcasting career, which began at ESPN in the mid-90s.
“It’s not quite the same,’’ said Ramsay, who has worked with different partners this season on ESPN Radio. “I did it all these years with one partner, Jim Durham, and he passed away after the first game this year. We had a great rapport and I really enjoyed working with him, and working with him is really why I extended my tour of duty.’’
Ramsay is a survivor of both melanoma and prostate cancer, but is health is apparently fine.in his advanced age. In his post-coaching career, Ramsay has also worked with the Miami Heat in addition to ESPN, serving as their TV analyst from 1992 to 2000.
It's great to see Ramsay walking away from the game on his own terms, but it's a bittersweet moment for those of us who have enjoyed his broadcasting over the years. It'll be interesting to see the direction that ESPN goes with in regards to their radio broadcasts too, with the death of Durham and Ramsay's retirement necessitating a complete overhaul.