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North Ramsay Way honors late Blazers coach

North Winning Street in the Rose Quarter is now named after the Trail Blazers coach who won the NBA's ultimate prize.

The City Council on Wednesday approved changing the name of the street to North Ramsay Way, in honor of the Dr. Jack Ramsay, who died in April 2014 at age 89.

Ramsay coached the Blazers to their only league championship, taking Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas and the other players to the title in 1977.

That Portland team, still revered for its flow of team basketball, upset the Julius Erving-led Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 2 in the finals, winning four in a row after dropping the first two games in Philly.

The council waived a stipulation that prevents the city from renaming streets after a deceased person for at least five years after their death.

In July, the council approved installation of temporary sign caps that include a "Dr. Jack '77" patch.

The new Ramsay streets signs will be installed in October, in time for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.