Kosloff's son Ted said he remembers his dad going out to Portland to see Ramsay and his Trail Blazers, who went on to beat the Sixers in the 1977 NBA Finals. But by that time, the team was owned by Fitz Dixon.
"He had a wonderful family," Ted recalled yesterday. "His wife Jean and their kids. He was one of those people you could learn a lot from, who would make people better people."
But what set Ramsay apart as a basketball coach was his attention to conditioning. A triathlete who competed well into his 70s, Ramsay practiced what he preached.
"I think, with Jack, he's going to be remembered for the fitness innovations that he made," Ted said.
At a time when fitness was an afterthought in basketball, something that only football players did, Ramsay changed the mindset. And, according to Kosloff, Ramsay's philosophy worked on both sides of the ball.
"One thing he was known for was his defense," Kosloff said. "But the records will show that his teams were very high scoring. Why were they high scoring? Because he was running the ball and getting people to go up and down the court real quick, which is what made him successful."
It is what his teams in Portland would eventually do.
"He wanted the Sixers to be a young and hungry team," Kosloff said, "like what he had in Portland with [Bill] Walton and those guys."