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These developments were mostly curious to me until my dear friend (and Lakers assistant coach/triangle offense guru) Tex Winter began privately expressing concerns about Jimbo’s influence on the franchise several years ago. Tex is the most honest, unfettered soul I’ve met in 30 years of stalking the hallways of basketball. He has had no real agenda other than winning games and Tex considered Jim Buss a major loose cannon, particularly in his dealings with young center Andrew Bynum. Jim’s approach created a strange atmosphere around the team, according to Tex, who had spent more than six decades coaching hoops. He had been the steadying force for the Bulls franchise when it was being ripped apart by a war between Jackson and Jerry Krause. HoopsHype

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But as entertaining as Rodman was closing the show as the 10th honoree, Winter was simply heroic. Just being there was an awesome feat for Winter. “I’m just happy to be alive,” the 89-year-old former coach said in an interview Thursday. Two years ago, he suffered a stroke. Chicago Sun-Times

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