Dr. Jack Ramsay to miss playoffs

Updated: May 10, 2013, 3:12 AM ET
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ESPN Radio analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay is in need of immediate medical treatment and will not work the remainder of the NBA playoffs.

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

Ramsay, 88, did not specify his medical condition. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer 14 years ago and previously had been treated for melanomas.

Since Ramsay previously had stated this likely would be his last season in the booth, his broadcasting career likely is finished.

"Our thoughts are with Dr. Jack, who is an important member of the ESPN family," ESPN said in a statement Thursday night. "We wish him the very best."

Ramsay, a Miami Heat broadcaster from 1992 to 2000, had been scheduled to work Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Heat and Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

"I'm going back to Naples (Fla.) and will start the treatment on Monday there," Ramsay told The Miami Herald, which earlier Thursday reported that Ramsay would need immediate medical treatment. "I have a specific time period where I must have this and cannot do it if I'm traveling around. I'll miss doing the broadcasts."

In 20 full seasons as an NBA head coach, Ramsay's teams made the playoffs 16 times, highlighted by winning the 1976-77 championship with the Portland Trail Blazers. He also won a title while serving as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1966-67 season.

In 1992, Ramsay was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with 864 regular-season coaching victories.