Tex Winter Passes Away At Age 96

Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson argues a call against his team as he sits next to assistant coach Tex Winter during the second quarter of an NBA basketball playoff game against the Orlando Magic in Chicago. Win

Tex Winter, Former Chicago Bulls Coach From Jordan-Era Bulls Dynasty Dies

Former Chicago Bulls assistant coach Tex Winter has passed away at age 96, according to a statement from the team. K-State also took home eight Big Seven/Big Eight Conference titles during Winter's tenure, which is the most in program history.

Former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen, who was also part of the six championship campaigns, shared how Winter made them run the ideal triangle offense.

Using the "Triangle", the team won six NBA Championships, pulling off three-peats from 1991-1993 and then 1996-1998.

Winter served as an assistant coach to the Bulls for 14 years, helping Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan to six National Basketball Association titles.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter receives his NBA championship ring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. At rear is NBA Commiss

"Tex Winter was a basketball legend and perhaps the finest fundamental teacher in the history of our game", Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a statement.

"We are saddened by the passing of such a legendary coach in Fred "Tex" Winter, who touched almost every level of basketball", K-State coach Bruce Weber said.

In what was a flawless storm of great timing, the Bulls had an up-and-coming Michael Jordan as the face of the franchise, and then brought head coach Phil Jackson into the mix. Those of us who were lucky enough to play for him will always respect his devotion to the game of basketball. "He transformed the game of basketball at all levels and will always remain an integral piece of our rich basketball tradition here at K-State". "His contributions to the Bulls organization will always be remembered". "Tex helped lead the team to four NBA Championships and was a mentor to many of our coaches and players. However, he left a tremendous mark of achievement at Kansas State, including two Final Fours".

A native of Huntington Park, Calif., Winter spent the final years of his life in Manhattan surrounded by family and friends.

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