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.
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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 Chicago Bulls have signed guard Shaquille Harrison. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a preceding move, the Bulls waived center Omer Asik. Harrison (6-4, 190) was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 15, 2018. He played in four games (three starts) for the Suns during the 2018 preseason and averaged 7.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.25 steals and 1.25 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game. Harrison first signed with Phoenix on Feb. 21, 2018, and averaged 6.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.13 steals in 23 games last season, his first in the NBA.
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He thinks the Magic made a smart move when they traded him and two other players on Feb. 21, 2013, to the Milwaukee Bucks for 20-year-old forward Tobias Harris and two other players. “The trade for Tobias was definitely in Orlando’s favor,” Redick said in a quiet corner of the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room. “You get a guy who’s going to get you 18 (points) and 8 (rebounds) at 22, or whatever age Tobias was at the time. It was absolutely a great trade. Things obviously didn’t turn out great for them subsequently, but I think they made the right call.”
Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavs’ prized recent lottery picks, recovered from a rough start to star in a 140-136 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in front of a rowdy sellout crowd. They did so playing a fast-paced, 3-point-firing style that is sweeping through the NBA — and suits the Mavs’ young core. “It was only one game, but that was fun,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. “We wanted Dennis and Luka to take steps forward. Dennis has gotten better. Luka is still finding his way, but what a way to find your way. It was impressive.”
Doncic finished with 26 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. The list of teens to put up that kind of line, per Basketball-Reference.com data: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Lamar Odom, Clifford Robinson and now Doncic, who fully expects to experience that kind of success during his rookie season. “I’ve played this basketball for a long time,” said Doncic, who made his pro debut for Real Madrid at age 15. “I’ve been professional. I had to grow up there, so I was ready for the game here. I mean, the game for sure is more physical. You have a lot more physical guys that can guard you, but at the end of the day, it’s just basketball.”
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Clarence Gaines Jr., Phil Jackson’s former right-hand man as Knicks special adviser, went on a Twitter attack again Sunday morning, this time going after team president Steve Mills’ and GM Scott Perry’s decision to sign Mario Hezonja as a free agent following the Knicks’ final-second loss to the Celtics. Knox suffered a left-ankle sprain late in the first quarter. Hezonja played just nine minutes despite the injury. “If you’re a @nyknicks fan & wondering why @mariohezonja couldn’t EARN court time vs @celtics with @KevKnox going down it’s because he’s a huge liability as an individual defender,” Gaines wrote. “He couldn’t match the toughness or athleticism of the C’s wings. Love how @wholeteamDot competed.”