Former NBA coach Fred 'Tex' Winter dies at 96

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Former NBA coach Fred 'Tex' Winter dies at 96
Former NBA coach Fred 'Tex' Winter dies at 96

Former coach Tex Winter passed away at age 96 late Wednesday evening. Winter is known as the innovator of the triangle offense used by all-time great head coach Phil Jackson en route to NBA championships with Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers. Winter served as head coach at Kansas State for 15 years, leading the Wildcats to two Final Four appearances. He made the jump to the NBA in 1971, becoming the head coach of the Houston Rockets for two seasons. In 1985 he was hired as an assistant coach to Phil Jackson in Chicago, implementing the triangle offense for Jordan and the Bulls. He played a key part in their titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996,

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