Monday, April 27, 2009

Tex Winter, triangle offense mastermind, suffers a stroke

Lakers guru Winter has apparent stroke -

Tex Winter, former Bulls assistant coach in the 90s and creator of the triangle offense implemented by the Bulls' 90s dynasty, suffered a stroke in the shower over the weekend.
Tex Winter, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers consultant and architect of the triangle offense, has suffered an apparent stroke, coach Phil Jackson said Saturday.

Jackson, talking after a morning shootaround in Salt Lake City, said Winter was in Manhattan, Kan., for a reunion of the Kansas State basketball team, which he coached from 1954-68, when he became ill and fell in the shower.

Tex Winter was taken to a Kansas hospital Saturday and had made slight progress, Phil Jackson said.
Winter, who played at USC, was taken to a hospital, Jackson said, and had made slight progress Saturday.

"I've been in touch with the family and they feel relatively at ease with the situation, as difficult as it could have been," Jackson said. "I'm happy to say that, and they've basically said, 'Take your mind off of this and put it where it belongs right now.' "

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