Saturday, March 28, 2015

The NBA/Big 5 Coaching Double

The NBA/Big 5 Coaching Double

The NBA/Big 5 Coaching Double

Jack Ramsay was one of nine men that have been head coaches in both the Big 5 and the NBA:

 Coach  Big 5  NBA Teams
 Don Casey  Temple  Clippers, Nets
 Chuck Daly  Penn  Cavs, Pistons, Nets, Magic
 Dick Harter  Penn  Hornets
 Jim Lynam  SJU  Clippers, Sixers, Bullets
 Jack
 McCloskey 
 Penn  Trail Blazers
 Jack McKinney  SJU  Lakers, Pacers, Kings
 Jim Pollard  La Salle  Lakers, Packers
 Jack Ramsay  SJU  Sixers, Braves,
 Trail Blazers, Pacers
 Paul Westhead  La Salle   Lakers, Bulls, Nuggets
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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