Tex Winter has passed away at the age of 96.
According to Dan Santaromita of NBC Sports and an official press release from the Los Angeles Lakers, the triangle offense architect passed away on Wednesday afternoon.
Here is the official press release from the Lakers, including a statement from team owner Jeanie Buss:
"On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I’d like to express our sadness at the passing of Tex Winter,” said Lakers CEO and Controlling Owner Jeanie Buss. “Tex helped lead the team to four NBA Championships and was a mentor to many of our coaches and players. In addition to his numerous contributions to the game of basketball, Tex was a wonderful man and he will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Winter family.”
An innovator of the “triangle offense,” Winter joined the Lakers staff prior to the 1999-2000 campaign after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, including eight under head coach Phil Jackson. Winter was a member of six championship teams in Chicago (1991-93, 1996-98) and four in Los Angeles (2000-02 and 2009).
While Phil Jackson was most famously associated with the triangle offense, it was Tex who innovated the whole scheme