Trail Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonely dies at 93

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Longtime Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster Bill Schonely, who coined the phrase “Rip City,” has died. He was 93. Affectionately known as “The Schonz,” Schonely was the team’s broadcaster for its inaugural season in 1970 and held the job for some 28 years. Schonely then served as ambassador for the team and was a frequent fixture at home games until his formal retirement last year. The team says he died in Portland with his wife by his side. The cause of death was not released.

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