The NBA world is in mourning after Boston Celtics legend Frank Ramsey, a seven-time NBA champion and the original “Sixth Man,” passed away Sunday at the age of 86.
The Celtics released a statement announcing his passing.
“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.”
Ramsey was a member of the Celtics from 1954-64. He finished his NBA career having averaged 13.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
A former Kentucky Wildcat who also won a national championship in college, Ramsey epitomized excellence on the court and was respected by all who knew him. UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and current head coach John Calipari both honored his memory with messages on social media.
Frank Ramsey was a true champion and a true Wildcat. He was one of the best players our program and our state have ever seen and further cemented his legend as a professional. We offer our deepest condolences to Frank’s family and friends. https://t.co/speQELE7da
— Mitch Barnhart (@UKMitchBarnhart) July 8, 2018
Just heard we've lost one of the best to ever put on a Kentucky uniform. Frank Ramsey was one of the all-time greats and the original Sixth Man in the NBA. #BBN, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/AFOr4dsm0C
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 8, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ramsey’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.