The sports industry is in mourning following the passing of legendary NBA coach Fred “Tex” Winter. Winter sadly passed away on Wednesday, October 10th at 96 years old, reported ESPN.
Two of the professional basketball teams Tex coached, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, released a statement regarding his death. During his career, he led both teams to multiple NBA championships.
"Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game," said a spokesperson for the Bulls. "He was an innovator who had high standards for how basketball should be played and approached every day. Those of us who were lucky enough to play for him will always respect his devotion to the game of basketball. His contributions to the Bulls organization will always be remembered."
The CEO of the Lakers stated, “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. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Winter family.”
Winter accomplished much throughout his time in the world of basketball. Prior to coaching in the NBA, he had great success coaching college basketball.
Additionally, he is famously known for innovating the “triangle offense, a scheme emphasizing ball movement and teamwork,” reported the New York Times. He was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his many achievements in 2011.
Please pray for Winter’s friends, family, and loved ones. He will be greatly missed!
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