Legendary coach Tex Winter does at 96

Tex Winter, the architect of the triangle offense that helped power three-peats in Chicago and Los Angeles, died Wednesday at the age of 96. Coach Winter learned the complex system from its inventor Sam Barry while he played for the Hall of Fame coach at USC.

Winter gained prominence as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson being with Jackson for nine NBA titles.  Winter also spent 30 years as a head coach in the collegiate level, most notably as the head man at Kansas State. While he was at the Wildcats’ helm, Kansas State won eight Big 8 conference championships and reached the Final Four in 1958 and 1964.

Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson releases this statement on behalf of the Bulls:

“Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game.  He was an innovator who had high standards for how basketball should be played and approached everyday.  Those of us who were lucky enough to play for him will always respect his devotion to the game of basketball.  His contributions to the Bulls organization will always be remembered.”






Bulls legend and Hall of Farmer Scottie Pippen had this to say about Winter:


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released this statement in regards ronWinter:





















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