National Basketball Association (NBA) giants Boston Celtics are mourning the death of one of their legends, Frank Ramsey, who passed away over the weekend.
Ramsey died of natural causes in his hometown of Madisonville, Kentucky, United States of America (USA) on Sunday at the age of 86.
Born in Kentucky, Ramsey played his entire nine-year (1954/1964) NBA career with Celtics, who dominated the NBA during that era.
He played a major role in the early part of their dynasty, winning seven championships as part of the team.
Furthermore, Ramsey was also a head coach for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association (ABA) during the 1970/1971 season.
The Colonels suffered a defeat to Utah Stars (who were under the guidance of Bill Sharman, Ramsey's former Celtic teammate) in the 1971 ABA Finals, four games to three.
However Joe Mullaney replaced Ramsey as coach the following season.
Celtics released the following statement regarding Ramsey's death:
"As a seven-time NBA Champion and the original “Sixth Man,” Frank Ramsey helped create a legacy of excellence and selflessness that carried through generations, and remains part of the Boston Celtics ethos to this day."
"A true gentleman known for his elegance and thoughtfulness, he remained a loyal and active member of the Celtics family throughout his days."
"We join those celebrating his life and mourning his passing," a statement read.
Ramsey was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981. His number 23 is retired by the Celtics.