Tex Winter Rumors
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.