Tex Winter Dies At 96

Winter was the architect behind the six-time champion Bulls' triangle offense.

October 10, 2018 - 8:27 pm

(670 The Score) Former Bulls assistant coach Tex Winter, the architect of the triangle offense that was a hallmark of six championships that Chicago won, has died, the organization confirmed Wednesday. He was 96.

"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. "He was an innovator who had high standards for how basketball should be played and approached everyday. 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."

Winter was hired by the Bulls in 1985. It was during coach Phil Jackson's tenure that that the Bulls became renowned for the Winter-designed triangle offense, in which players were giving the freedom to make instinctive reads and get everyone involved. The Bulls won six championships in the 1990s, and Winter later won three more serving as an assistant under Jackson with the Lakers.

Winter entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Winter had health problems dating back to 2009, when he suffered a stroke, according to reports.