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Post by swish on Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:35 pm

Great sixth man on those fabulous Celtic teams of the 50's-60's
https://www.kentucky.com/sports/college/kentucky-sports/uk-basketball-men/article214523299.html

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Re: Frank Ramsey - Celtic Hall of famer dead

Post by worcester on Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:34 pm

Swish, we are getting old too.
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Post by swish on Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:45 pm

worcester wrote:Swish, we are getting old too.

How true worcester - Ramsey only had me beat by 9 months.

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Post by dboss on Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:09 am

So many Celtics legends are passing.

The Kentucky Colonel was a very special player and defined the concept of the 6th man that remains a part of the NBA till this day.

RIP Mr. Ramsey
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Post by wideclyde on Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:49 am

What a great contributor to the unbelievable Celtics teams during the Russell era! Just another one of the many Cs from that time who had "more rings" than Jordan.

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Post by mulcogiseng on Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:59 pm

wideclyde wrote:What a great contributor to the unbelievable Celtics teams during the Russell era!  Just another one of the many Cs from that time who had "more rings" than Jordan.

A lot of people will look at that "more rings" than Jordan and think that here is yet another example of a player benefitting by playing on a great team. But that is not quite the case with Ramsey. He was a great college player as well as a great NBA player who selflessly contributed to those championship teams by inventing the 6th man position. He brought microwave energy before there was such a thing. He was smart and that led to being a good coach. He's one of those long ago era players who, if growing up today, would thrive in the current NBA. RIP HOFer #23
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:33 pm

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wideclyde wrote:What a great contributor to the unbelievable Celtics teams during the Russell era!  Just another one of the many Cs from that time who had "more rings" than Jordan.

A lot of people will look at that "more rings" than Jordan and think that here is yet another example of a player benefitting by playing on a great team. But that is not quite the case with Ramsey. He was a great college player as well as a great NBA player who selflessly contributed to those championship teams by inventing the 6th man position. He brought microwave energy before there was such a thing.  He was smart and that led to being a good coach. He's one of those long ago era players who, if growing up today, would thrive in the current NBA. RIP HOFer  #23

Didn’t see him play, remember Sam talking about his toughness and that he was very good defensive player.
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Re: Frank Ramsey - Celtic Hall of famer dead

Post by 112288 on Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:43 pm


Tommy Heinsohn salutes late teammate Frank Ramsey for becoming NBA's first sixth man

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When one considers the championship Celtics of the 1960s, Frank Ramsey isn't the first name that springs to mind. He's probably somewhere around sixth, which is fitting.

Ramsey passed away on Sunday at the age of 86, and former teammate Tommy Heinsohn saluted him in an interview with NBC Sports Boston as a pivotal player in NBA history for the role he helped popularize.

"He was the first sixth man," Heinsohn told NBC of his fellow Hall of Famer. "He was perfectly suited for that role. The difficulty of coming off the bench and going into a game is that most people have to feel their way into the game. Some of these unique people like him are already in the game sitting on the bench. Their heads are into the game, so they can come in and make an immediate impact."

Ramsey won seven championships with the Celtics before having his No. 23 retired in 1964 and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

The 6-3 guard out of Kentucky averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game over his nine-year career, all with the Celtics.

Heinsohn praised Ramsey's ability to impact games off the bench.

"Ramsey was that type of person," he told NBC Sports. "A terrific competitor, a terrific all-around player. He could score, he could rebound, he could play defense, could pass the ball, and he was very effective on a fast break with Bob Cousy. He would come into games and immediately get something going. Change the direction of the game."

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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:04 pm

A true gentleman, that was Frank Ramsey. Best and first sixth man in basketball. One of the greats of that era. Sad, we are losing them one by one, a great era disappearing. RIP Mr. Ramsey, you were a delight to watch
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Re: Frank Ramsey - Celtic Hall of famer dead

Post by swish on Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:08 pm

At 6'3 he was an above average shooter among the forwards-guards of his era.

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