Fred 'Tex' Winter, the former assistant coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, died on Wednesday, October 10 in Manhattan, Kansas State University has confirmed. He was 96.
In a statement emailed to the Chicago Tribune, Michael Jordan said,
I learned so much from Coach Winter. He was a pioneer and a true student of the game. His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker. Tex was always focused on details and preparation and a great teacher. I was lucky to play for him. My condolences to his family.
Meanwhile, John Paxson, the Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations, shared,
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.
Additionally, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement,
In behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I'd like to express our sadness at the passing of Tex Winter. Tex helped lead the team to four NBA Championships and was a mentor to many of our coaches and players. In addition to his numerous contributions to the game of basketball, Tex was a wonderful man and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Winter family.
— K-State Athletics (@kstatesports) October 11, 2018
Born on February 25, 1922, Wellington, Texas, Tex started his coaching career as an assistant under Jack Gardner at Kansas State in 1947.
He later had a two-year stint at Marquette when he was 30. There he became the youngest coach in major college basketball.
Returning to Kansas State, Tex served as head coach for 15 years, leading the Wildcats to two Final Four appearances in six NCAA tournament trips.
In 2011, Tex was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. One year earlier, the sportsman was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rest In Peace Fred 'Tex' Winter!
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