Fred 'Tex' Winter dies at 96

11 Octobre, 2018, 20:10 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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After Basketball Hall of Famer and legendary assistant coach Fred "Tex" Winter died Wednesday at the age of 96, former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen took to Twitter to pay tribute to the man who helped Pippen and the Bulls win six titles in the 1990s.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton also expressed gratitude for Winter during his playing career.

Former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen, who was also part of the six championship campaigns, shared how Winter made them run the ideal triangle offense.

He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. Winter later moved to the Lakers, where he continued coaching players on the offensive strategy that propelled the Bulls to win six NBA Championship titles.

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Before those two stops, Winter served as the head coach of the Houston Rockets from 1971-1973. "He transformed the game of basketball at all levels and will always remain an integral piece of our rich basketball tradition here at K-State".

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant credited Winter for helping him reach the pinnacle of basketball glory.

"Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game", said Bulls executive vice president John Paxson in a statement released by the team".

"We are saddened by the passing of such a legendary coach in Fred "Tex" Winter, who touched almost every level of basketball", K-State coach Bruce Weber said. "He will always be remembered for the Triangle Offense, but to me his impact on the game was so much more than just that", Cone said in a statement to SportsCenter Philippines. Following the final championship, he joined Phil Jackson in Los Angeles where he was instrumental in four championship runs by the Lakers. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Winter family". He entered coaching at Kansas State in 1947 under Jack Gardner.

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