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.
Spoelstra and Ramsay, in 1980. The socks are spectacular. pic.twitter.com/yIRu5Puowk— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 28, 2014
At that basketball camp, Dr. Ramsay even gave Spoelstra some personal attention on how to improve.
Spoelstra went to a camp at age 10. Ramsay sat with Jon Spoelstra, and gave him a list of things Erik needed to do better.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 28, 2014
The two later came to meet again when Spoelstra famously started as a Heat video assistant.
Some familiar faces in this Spoelstra/Ramsay photo. Back in the video room days, mid 90s. pic.twitter.com/yZvHJAtoFp— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 28, 2014
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:
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.