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Jack Ramsey Steps Down From NBA Radio Broadcasts Due to Health

ESPN Radio broadcaster Jack Ramsey will step away from National Basketball Association playoff coverage due to an undisclosed health issue.

Ramsey, 88, who was scheduled to work tonight’s second-round game between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, will be replaced by Chris Mullin on the broadcast, Mike Soltys, a spokesman for the Walt Disney Co. network, said in an e-mail. A decision as to who will replace Ramsey for the remainder of the postseason hasn’t been announced.

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

Ramsey, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and also was treated for melanoma several years ago, said he needs to begin immediate treatment and his broadcasting career probably is over, according to the Miami Herald.

Ramsey coached in the NBA from 1968-89, posting a 864-783 record and winning an NBA title with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

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