One of the most-respected coaches in NBA history passed away today.
Tex Winter, the NBA coach credited with creating the Chicago Bulls’ and Los Angeles Lakers’ unstoppable triangle offense, has died. He was 96.
The legendary coach was a Bulls assistant from 1985-98. He was on the Lakers’ bench from 1999-2008.
Winter, who played at Oregon State and USC, also coached at the collegiate level. He had stints at Washington, Kansas State, Northwestern and Marquette.
The basketball community is certainly mourning his loss tonight.
— K-State Athletics (@kstatesports) October 11, 2018
— Kim English (@Englishscope24) October 10, 2018
Just learned the sad news that Tex Winter has passed away. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
— Patrick Ewing (@CoachEwing33) October 11, 2018
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) October 11, 2018
The Bulls released the following statement:
The following statement is from John Paxson, the Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, 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.”
Rest in peace, Tex.