City council honors Dr. Jack Ramsay with new street name

City council honors Dr. Jack Ramsay with new street name
FILE - In this Friday, May 28, 1977, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Jack Ramsay autographs a basketball as the team arrived in Portland, Ore., as the trail Blazers trail the Philadelphia 76ers two games to none in their best of seven series for the NBA basketball title. (AP Photo/File)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A street in the Rose Quarter will soon honor a Rip City legend with new sign reading "North Ramsay Way."

The Portland City Council unanimously approved a motion celebrating Dr. Jack Ramsay by officially changing "North Winning Way" to "North Winning Way - Ramsay Way" on Wednesday.

Because of that change, new street sign caps will bear the name of the only coach to lead the Trail Blazers to an NBA title. Ramsay is also celebrated for coached the team longer than anyone else.

Bill Shonely, well known as the former voice of the Trail Blazers, spoke in favor of the motion.

"I can say without hesitation that throughout his career as a coach, broadcaster, humanitarian and ambassador -- for the game of basketball and life -- that Jack Ramsay loved Portland," he said.

Commissioner Steve Novick said the street sign caps are only a first step, but they will honor Dr. Jack while the formal process of changing the street name continues.