Basketball fans and personalities mourn at Tex Winter’s loss
Tex Winter has been synonymous for his famous “triangle offense” that the basketball fans knows today.
Which is why many fans, and even basketball legends, gave tribute to the legendary coach who passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 96.
Steve Kerr with an ode to the late Tex Winter. Kerr shared Winter would sometimes tell Phil Jackson to remove Michael Jordan and put Steve Kerr in the game pic.twitter.com/GJENUmL2eS
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 11, 2018
Tex Winter was my biggest critic. He was also my biggest fan. A few words about the legendary coach who lived his 96 years as well as anyone could have… pic.twitter.com/vOrS7UNkMS
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) October 11, 2018
Sad to hear the news on Tex Winter he was a genius. I was blessed to learn the triangle offense from him while playing for the @chicagobulls. R.I.P. and condolences to his family.
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) October 11, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/qgjPgP7K95
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 11, 2018
In an emailed statement to the Tribune, Michael Jordan on Tex Winter: "I learned so much from Coach Winter. He was a pioneer and a true student of the game. His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker (cont.)
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 11, 2018
Even Ginebra coach Tim Cone, who also introduced the triangle offense in the Philippines, mourned the death of former Bulls assistant coach.
I’m crushed after hearing about the passing of Tex Winter. Never understood why he would allow a coach like me to hang out and learn from him, but, wow, he really impacted my life. Will miss him forever. #TexWinter
— Tim Cone (@manilacone) October 11, 2018
Winter’s revolutionary triangle offense helped the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers win nine combined championships.
He also coached in the collegiate level for 30 years, most notably with Kansas State, where the Wildcats achieved eight Big 8 conference titles and entered the 1958 and 1964 Final Four.