FILE – In this May 22, 1977, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers head coach Jack Ramsay signals to his team late in an NBA basketball game against the 76ers in Philadelphia. Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the league’s most respected broadcasters, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89. (AP Photo/File)
Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on ESPN.com's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.