Former KSU Coach Winter dies

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October 11, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Former Kanas State Coach Tex Winter (K-State 1953-1968), left, and Ernie Barrett (K-State 1948-1951) share a moment during a visit from Oklahoma State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 24, 2015. Winter, the Hall of Fame coach whose teachings of the triangle offense helped spearhead six Chicago Bulls championships in the 1990s, died Wednesday at age 96. Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Tex Winter, the innovative “Triangle Offense” pioneer who assisted Phil Jackson on NBA championship teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, has died. He was 96.

Winter’s family said he died Wednesday in Manhattan, where he began his coaching career at Kansas State in 1947 and led the Wildcats to two Final Fours and eight Big Seven/Eight titles as head coach from 1954-68.

“I learned so much from Coach Winter. He was a pioneer and a true student of the game,” Michael Jordan said in a statement emailed to the Chicago Tribune. “His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker. Tex was always focused on details and preparation and a great teacher. I was lucky to play for him. My condolences to his family.”

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