KC Johnson: Steve Kerr on the late Tex Winter: “When we go to practice, when we watch film, I’m constantly thinking about Tex’s voice in my head. He taught me probably more about the game than anybody.”
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The basketball and sporting accomplishments of Tex Winter rolled in a well-produced video at his Celebration of Life service on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. The essence of Winter, the extraordinary coach whose triangle offense-fueled teams won eight conference championships in 15 season at Kansas State and who served as an assistant for 11 NBA championship teams, provided the emotional moments of this occasion.
Phil Jackson focused on favorite memories of his former top assistant, who essentially became the technical advisor to his teams. “He was a teacher,” Jackson said. “And basketball happened to be the thing he taught. … It was all about details — the simplest details and how to get those implemented in the players.”
One of those details, Jackson recalled, was Winter’s suggestion with the Bulls of moving Michael Jordan to a small forward or wing and putting Scottie Pippen on the top to push the action. “That was the incremental leap that made us a championship team,” Jackson said. But Winter was so much more than coaching, Jackson said. He was a foodie and a lover of estate and garage sales. And bad with names.
Kobe Bryant: Finish the message @paugasol “and if you do not hustle you will be substituted for” haha #classictex
Pau Gasol: One of the brightest basketball minds that I’ve ever known. I’ll always remember how he used to tell us, during my first years with the @Lakers, at halftime or after the game: “There’s no substitute for hustle”. Wise words. #RIPTexWinter
Winter died Wednesday in Manhattan, Kan., where he lived. He was 96 and had been largely incapacitated by a stroke he suffered in April 2009. Kansas State University, where he was head coach for 15 seasons in the 1950s and ’60s, announced the death.
Kobe Bryant: My mentor. I sat with Tex & watched every minute of every game during our 1st season together. He taught me how to study every detail. He was a bball genius in every sense of the word. I’ll miss him deeply. Thank you Tex. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. Rest In Peace.
Mike Bresnahan: Jeanie Buss on the passing of Tex Winter at age 96: 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.
But all the while, Winter was refining his legacy — the triangle offense, a scheme emphasizing ball movement and teamwork that he taught to Phil Jackson as his mentor and assistant coach on nine N.B.A. championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. “I wasn’t a very good coach and didn’t have a lot of knowledge, and he had a lot of knowledge,” Jackson once said in reflecting on Winter’s advice during Jackson’s early years with the Bulls. “He’s like the mind of the basketball gods.”
Late Wednesday night, K-State officials confirmed to GoPowercat that former men’s basketball coach Tex Winter passed away. He was 96 years old at the time of his death.
Former Bulls coach Fred “Tex’’ Winter, who was considered the architect of the famed triangle offense, died Wednesday, the organization confirmed. Winter, 96, was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2011, and did so with a trophy case full of hardware, winning nine NBA championships during his tenure with the Bulls and then the Lakers.
Kim English: RIP to Tex Winter! It was an honor to meet him in Manhattan, KS in 2010 at Bramlage. #Triangle #Ping
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The Detroit Pistons have expressed interest in trading for Damyean Dotson, according to a league source. Luke Kennard, the backup guard, has missed games due to injury but also has not found a fit in Dwane Casey’s system.
While New Orleans is trying to win enough to convince Davis to stay, the rest of the league is ruminating about what it would take to pry Davis away. Such speculation is happening constantly now, but executives around the league see virtually no chance that Davis is traded before the Pelicans can offer him that super-max extension in July. New Orleans, as it should, will do everything it can to keep Davis — and will move on from him only if it absolutely has to.
If that happens, the Pelicans will have only one logical option: to trade Davis before he leaves in free agency. The same process has played out with several others, including Leonard, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George. None of them, though, would inspire the kind of bidding war an available Davis would. “That’s what you guys do,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of the trade speculation. “You guys talk about it. He’s here. He’s playing on our team. We’re trying to win games. That’s the only thing that matters right now. “It’s not anything that I’m going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don’t bother with it. We worry about now. We worry about winning games and putting everybody in the best position to win games.”
Interestingly, Jimmy Butler and Brown agreed in separate interviews Sunday that the Sixers’ offensive spacing is fine. Butler has flourished here since arriving Nov. 12, having scored 38 points in each of the past two outings. “I think the spacing is great,” Butler said. “I think we have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket. We just have to pick and choose where we’re going to be at a certain time. As long as we keep sharing the ball the way that we share the ball and guarding, I’m telling you, we’re going to win.
As for Embiid, Butler can empathize with having to adjust on the fly. “I know where his heart is, man,” Butler said. “I can feel for him. It’s new for myself. It’s new to him. It’s new to everybody. But we’re O.K. I know he wants to win. “He’s frustrated. He wanted to play (Friday and) coach didn’t let him play. We need him. He’s been doing a lot on both ends of the floor for this team. As our best player, I can understand him being frustrated. We’ll figure out ways to make sure he’s successful.”
But here they are, still together. Perhaps it’s because of Wade’s nature. Those who know him well will tell you he takes after his grandmother, who helped raise him and was extremely giving, accepting and forgiving. To be James’ friend for any length of time, maybe it requires a person whom James respects, but also someone who is willing to deal with the challenges James’ personality brings with it. Wade is one of the greatest players in NBA history; James certainly respects that. And Wade has been willing to roll with James’ changing moods and desires over the years. If Wade has ever held any grudge, it has never been apparent.
And Lillard, 28, is something of a media chaos agent: He had the NBA watchers watching him this summer as he broke news of reporters changing jobs, reminding them — occasionally by force — that no one at this level is in the business of keeping secrets. “Nobody knew where I was getting my information from,” Lillard would recall, and the power and insider knowledge was at times intoxicating.