Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  13 responses

End of the Road for Tex Winter

The Triangle Offense guru is likely to hang up his clipboard after this season: “Tex Winter is in his 63rd year of earning a basketball-related paycheck. It’s probably his last. The longtime Lakers consultant and the modern-day architect of the triangle offense said he didn’t expect to return next season because of health issues. Winter, 87, has been battling shingles since late 2007, making next season seem less and less likely. `I’m getting too old,` he said, smiling. `At one time I thought I would [return], but I’m not sure anymore. I would feel a whole lot better about it if I didn’t have these shingles. It’s really taken me downhill. The thing I don’t want to become is too much of a distraction if my health doesn’t hold up.`”

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  • bingo

    “often imitated, never duplicated.” a true innovator, and a basketball iron man. the L will miss tex winter.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Changed the game, told PJ all he knows, and had the balls to make MJ change his game.

  • Krishan

    Fun fact: shingles is caused by herpes virus. 87 year-old Tex has herpes.
    Seriously though, shingles hurt like hell.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    I’m still not sure why he’s not in the official Hall.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Old Skool

  • Edmond

    Krishan: you are right, its also called herpes zoster. It presents itself as secondary chicken pox.

  • Josh

    Maybe now he can fall asleep during Laker games from the comfort of his home. Enjoy your retirement, Tex.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    dude is EIGHTY-SEVEN years old, that’s the age to sit on a rocking chair and tell your great-grand kids stories. didn’t even realize he’s that old, and still go through the a very taxing NBA (traveling) schedule.
    and yeah, why isn’t he in the Hall already?

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    Respect to that man, I hope he now will have time to enjoy his life … sometimes people just die after their ” mission on earth ” is over … I hope he still have some years left !

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Still see him there sitting behind Phil Jackson. Even on the occasional road games too.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    You cant be in the hall of fame if your still doing your job dudes…!?!
    Of course he’s a LOCK for HOF…but seriously…let the guy retire before you hang him up.

  • larrylegend

    phil without tex is like mj without pip…enjoy your retirement, you teached us so much! hof lock!

  • chintao

    Actually, Tex without Phil is like MJ without Pip. Phil better retire before his skirt gets pulled up.