PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jack Ramsay, replaced as Portland Trail Blazer coach after 10 years with the club, says he favored personnel changes, but that even without a new lineup he would would have returned next season.
Ramsay, the league's winningest active coach before being replaced Wednesday by Milwaukee assistant Mike Shuler, said in The Oregonian that changes were necessary to make the team competitive.
Ramsay could not be reached for further comment after the interview was published Thursday.
Reached by the newspaper at his summer home in New Jersey, Ramsay said he told Blazers' President Larry Weinberg he would 'not return' to coach the Blazers unless player changes were made.
'I told him that,' he said. 'But I also told him if he wanted me back that I would come back. But I felt strongly that changes had to be made if that team was going to be competitive.'
If asked back for another year, Ramsay said he would have unloaded veteran forward Mychal Thompson.
'I would not want Mychal on the team at all,' he said. 'He's too soft. I've seen him run right off the floor. For your power forward or center to run off onto the apron of the floor when the ball is being rebounded is very damaging to the team.'
Ramsay also said the team needed a power forward.
'I have been asking to have a rebounding forward since Kermit Washington left (during the 1982 seasons),' he said.
Ramsay said the oft-injured Kenny Carr, the club's best rebounding forward, has problem because he is only 6-foot-7.
'In the final analysis, if you want to talk about winning the whole thing,Kenny's under a severe handicap against players like Akeem Olajuwan, Kevin McHale and Charles Barkley because of his size.'
The Blazers also needed to settle the off-guard situation, where Clyde Drexler and Jim Paxson were sharing time.
Ramsay said he was proud of his accomplishments in 10 years with Portland. In 1977, the team won the league title.
'I think I did my job well. I was satisfied with what was accomplished while I was there. I can leave it feeling good,' he said.