Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra Met Dr. Jack Ramsay as a 10-Year-Old in 1980

Ken Chin@@thekenchinSocial Media StaffApril 28, 2014

Erik Spoelstra

Dr. Jack Ramsay left his fingerprints all over the NBA, but one current coach has a special connection to the late Hall of Famer. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was a young camper at Dr. Ramsay's basketball camp in 1980, and that resulted in a lifelong relationship between the two. 

At that basketball camp, Dr. Ramsay even gave Spoelstra some personal attention on how to improve. 

The two later came to meet again when Spoelstra famously started as a Heat video assistant. 

Perhaps the most influential part of their relationship naturally came in coaching. During the Heat's title run in 2013, they ran a play they called "Ramsay" to go up five on the San Antonio Spurs during Game 7: 

Couper Moorhead

While the NBA mourns the loss of one of its own, it is a beautiful thing to see Dr. Ramsay's influence spread across the league. Probably how the coach would have wanted it. 

[Ethan J. Skolnick, h/t: Couper Moorhead]