HoopsHype Tex Winter rumors

April 4, 2011 Updates

After seven years of rejection by the Basketball Hall of Fame, former Bulls assistant Tex Winter, 89, finally will get in. So will Dennis Rodman. And sources say Chicago native and 76ers great Maurice Cheeks also will be inducted Aug. 12 in Springfield, Mass. “It’s been a long time coming, and it’s well deserved,” Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “Not only because of the tremendous impact he had on the NBA and the championships he helped win, but because he also had a great college coaching career. It’s just sad that it didn’t happen when he could really enjoy it.” Chicago Sun-Times

April 3, 2011 Updates

Tex Winter, a Hall of Fame candidate numerous times, finally will enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The official announcement will be made Monday in Houston, but for Phil Jackson the news is long overdue. He believes the father of the triangle offense should have been voted in long ago. “For the past 15 years, there have been people telling me that Tex was going into the Hall of Fame,” Jackson said. “When Tex was verbally and cognizant capable of receiving this award, I would have been much happier. The fact he’s had a stroke that has impaired his capabilities kind of irritates me a little bit that this wasn’t done 10 years ago when he was still serving basketball in such a great capacity. “Still, all in all, I´m happy that its being awarded.” Orange County Register

Tex Winter has been chosen for induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a source. Winter, who popularized the use of the triangle offense in the NBA, served as Phil Jackson's assistant on all six Bulls championship teams. Chicago Tribune

March 30, 2011 Updates

Leave it to Tex Winter, who while on the Lakers' staff was one of Andrew Bynum's harshest critics, to have the explanation for why Bynum has turned his career and this entire Lakers season around. Winter espoused a theory that has always stuck with Phil Jackson's longtime mental-health consultant, George Mumford, during their years together building up all those Bulls' and Lakers' brains to win all those NBA championships. According to "The Readiness Principle," as Mumford calls Winter's idea: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The patient wisdom in that statement did not keep the passionate Winter from ranting and raving about what young Bynum wouldn't learn early in his Lakers career, but ask either Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, and they'll tell you how much they appreciated Winter's ranting and raving in a world of gushing and groveling around them. Orange County Register

February 18, 2011 Updates

Five former NBA All-Stars -- Chris Mullin, Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and Dennis Rodman-- are among the 12-person list of finalists for the basketball Hall of Fame, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday. They are joined on the North American Screening Committee's list by coaches Herb Magee (the all-time NCAA wins leader), NBA coaches Dick Motta and Tex Winter, contributor Al Attles and referee Hank Nichols. The Women's Screening Committee list includes five-time U.S. Olympian Teresa Edwards and Stanford (and former U.S. national team) coach Tara VanDerveer. The inductees will be announced April 4 in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four in Houston.They will be joined by one person elected by the ABA and Early African-American Pioneers committees. The induction ceremony is at the hall in Springfield, Mass., from Aug. 11-13. ESPN.com

Jordan owes him a deep debt of gratitude in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech on Friday, and the Hall of Fame owes Krause a bid on the wall in the class of 2010. It’s a disgrace that Krause has never made it past the screening committee – never mind as a finalist. Krause doesn’t issue statements when he’s slighted and doesn’t enlist his famous pals to campaign for him. Truth be told, he excused himself as a member of the voting panel in 2004. He despised the process and became disillusioned he couldn’t sell Winter’s Hall candidacy as a contributor. “I said that I would never step foot in that Hall of Fame again until Tex gets inducted, and I haven’t,” Krause said. Yahoo! Sports

Krause transformed the roster. He surrounded Jordan with rebounders, defenders and shooters. He hired Jackson out of the Continental Basketball Association to work on Doug Collins’ staff, and elevated him when he believed the Bulls became a championship contender. “We hired Phil when nobody would hire him in the NBA,” Krause said. “He was getting ready to go to law school and get out of basketball. … We got along fine until some contractual things flamed up. Phil’s a great coach. Phil’s the best coach ever with good players.” Yahoo! Sports

“Michael was great at identifying things,” Krause said. “Would Pippen have been great someplace else? Michael absolutely killed Scottie in practice every day for his first two years. Mike just tore Pip up. He made Pip learn how to compete and forced him into playing hard. Had there not been someone to challenge Scottie like that, I’m not sure what would’ve happened to him.” Yahoo! Sports

November 30, 2010 Updates
November 16, 2010 Updates

Kansas State basketball fans are encouraged to be in attendance at Tuesday’s 3 p.m. game against Virginia Tech when former head basketball coach Tex Winter is honored in a special halftime tribute as the coaching legend prepares to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this month. The halftime ceremony will include a special video tribute, on-court presentation by Athletics Director John Currie and remarks by Mr. K-State, Ernie Barrett. “Coach Winter has meant so much to this University and community, and we are honored to have him back home at Bramlage,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “We have tremendous tradition and history here at K-State and Coach Winter’s innovative and hall of fame career has had a lasting impact on Kansas State University and the game of basketball.” wibw.com

November 14, 2010 Updates

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