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Wonderful memories of Dr. Jack

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If you knew Jack, it paid to know jack.

Ex-Oregonian columnist Bart Wright learned that about Dr. Jack Ramsay, who died Monday — 37 years after coaching the Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title. As Wright wrote on Facebook:

“Like the time I questioned a certain play they ran and he asked me, ‘Can you draw up a play?’

“So I did, showed it to him and he said, ‘Why do you think that would ever work?’

“I thought I had a good response when I said he didn’t ask me if it would work, he asked if I could draw up a play. We got a laugh. Wonderful guy.”


• At “NBA agrees with Donald Sterling that certain types of people shouldn’t attend Clippers games.”

• At “Americans once again inspired as Kerri Strug limps to liquor store.”

Current-events quiz

Cliven Bundy is:

a) A racist rancher in Nevada

b) Offering asylum to Donald Sterling

Tweet of the Week

“I’m in favor of legalizing pine tar,” opined Rays manager Joe Maddon, “but its usage may have to begin with the Rockies and Mariners.”

Never mind

Ever wonder what happens when an NBA team calls time out?

“I meet with my coaches out on the court and they tell me what they think we should do,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I ignore them, go back to the bench and tell the players what I think they should do. They ignore me and go out and do whatever they want to do.”

He looks familiar

Separated at birth?: NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the dude with the pitchfork in American Gothic.

Quote marks

• Mike Bianchi of The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on Bills cheerleaders suing over paltry pay and unfair working conditions: “Who knew that ‘two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar’ was the hourly wage for these poor girls?”

• New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, to reporters, on not being the Vols’ first choice: “Look at (my fiancee). Look at me. I probably wasn’t her first choice, either.”

• Michael Phillips of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, on the name of Richmond International Raceway: “What is it that makes a racetrack ‘international’?”

• NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on more than 70,000 expected to attend the NRA annual meetings in Indianapolis: “The weekend will feature a brunch, a gun raffle, and no sudden movements.”

Check the fine print

The late Joe Paterno will be the subject of a $300,000 statue in front of The Tavern Restaurant in State College, Pa., depicted sitting on a bench, reading.

No, reading the “Aeneid,” silly — not the Freeh Report.

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