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Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Posted on: April 2, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 6:20 pm
 
Longtime assistant coach Tex Winter has reportedly been selected for induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Posted by Ben Golliver. tex-winter

Assistant coach is, without a doubt, one of the least glamorous and recognized positions in the NBA world. The best assistants toil for years -- if not decades -- for the chance to spread their wings and run their own ship.

Not Tex Winter though. After coaching in college and briefly in the pros, Winter settled into the role that he's best known for: Phil Jackson's triangle offense guru. Winter served as Jackson's assistant coach in Chicago for all six of Michael Jordan's Bulls' titles and then went to Los Angeles to accumulate even more bling with the Lakers.

On Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports that Winter has been recognized for all of that winning. After a coaching career that spanned six decades, Winter will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its Class of 2011.
Winter, who popularized the use of the triangle offense in the NBA, served as Phil Jackson's assistant on all six Bulls championship teams. Winter won't be able to travel to Houston for Monday's announcement, the source said, because of the stroke he suffered two years ago.
But Winter is pleased to finally gain induction after several times as a finalist, according to the source. The induction ceremony is in August.
The triangle -- or "Triple Post" as he originally called it in his 1968 book -- has been credited with providing the framework for superstar players to succeed in the team concept, by highlighting the importance of ball movement, man movement and spacing.

One of Winter's former players -- Dennis Rodman -- is also reportedly set to be a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class. 
Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Your right its about time. I am a long time Chicago fan and Tex should have been in years ago. What needs to happen is get rid of all those old sports writers and bring in some young blood or let the people choose.



Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 10:19 am
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

One of the most underrated coaches in the history of basketball. The triangle offense is revolutionary and has led to numerous championships. 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

It is about time that this coach get a little recognition. Most simply remember the coach as a NBA assistant coach. I can remember him as the head coach of the Long Beach State 49er’s. He put on basketball clinics for the local kids in Long Beach.

He is a teacher more so than a coach, but you knew he was competitive and expected the best from each of his players. I use  to go to Gold gym on the Long Beach State campus to watch his practices.

This was before the Jordans, Pippins, Kobes, Shaq and all the other professionals he was able to touch and make aware of the triangle.

When he left to go to the pros Long Beach State missed a really great person and head coach. He used to call the triangle a triple offense or something like that, before changing it to the triangle in the pros.

I hope he get well soon and is able to resume what he like best in life at this stage of his life.

I miss seeing him sitting behind Phil while watching TV and was sorry to hear about his heart attack or stroke he had.

Congrats coach, this is a well deserved honor and to one of the nicest coaches around.


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Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Glad to see that that alien is also getting in this year, he deserves it.  He should do a better job hiding it though, lets him camaflouge into society alot easier.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Nice to see Tex Winters get his propers like this.  He was far more than just a footnote in the Jordan-Pippen-Jackson and Bryant-Oneal-Jackson dynasties.

As for the side argument being pursued here -- free agency pretty much killed the team concept in the major pro leagues years ago.  I liked it better when fans could identify certain players with certain teams.  I'm not sure Archie Manning would agree with that view; but too many of the players I'd like to root for seem more attached to their own career ambitions than to their team's long-term prospects.  The free-market exploits of LeJames Bron, Brett Favre, Derek Jeter, and Manny Ramirez left a most-bitter aftertaste...



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

congrats to tex winter and it is about time.  the nba is awesome.  team basketball and fundamentally sound players. i'll never understand how hardcore basketball fans can say college is more fun to watch. my hunch is that many people who don't like the nba are middle class white americans...bitter bitter bitter.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Very well deserved. He had a dicrect influenece on the success of Phil, Jordan, Shaq, and Bryant.




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

There is no TEAM concept in the NBA.  It went away some time ago.
Spoken like someone who hasn't watched an NBA game in a longtime.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

There is no TEAM concept in the NBA.  It went away some time ago.



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Report: Tex Winter to enter Naismith Hall of Fame

Congrats Tex Winters. Definately appreciate what you have done for the Laker organization. You also helped elevate my Carolina boy Micheal Jordan to an elite level with your offense and coaching. Great to see he is being rewarded for his accomplishments!



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