A basketball legend that has brought us many happy memories… now it’s time to return the favor.

L.A. Times: … “I wish I could tell you this was a totally upbeat story, but it’s not, it’s tough,” Russ said. “Sometimes my father feels like he’s an old man who doesn’t have time to learn to talk again.”

Basketball brings him back.

Winter brightened considerably when Jackson recently visited on his way to his summer home in Montana. In typical Jackson fashion, it wasn’t announced, and none of Winter’s sons were there, just Tex and Phil.

Then came the phone call from Kupchak that really charged up the coach, a reminder that he had to get well soon so he could come to Los Angeles in November and pick up his championship ring.

“He really seems eager to make that happen,” said Brian, another son. “That’s something we’re planning on.”

The coach, it seems, just needs a little coaching. His family provided a mailing address: 32100 SW French Prairie Road, Number 228, Wilsonville, Ore., 97070.

After Tex Winter blessed our town with the triangle, perhaps it’s time for us to teach him about the full circle.

  • http://thelakersnation.com Kam Pashai

    I’ve had the honor of talking with Tex a couple times in the locker room this past season. Saying that he’s a great man with one of the greatest basketball minds the world has ever known… that would be an understatement.

  • Fishy

    All my prayers and love Mr. Winter

  • http://getgarnett.com golakers75

    i will pray for TEX. but everyone should remember that without Tex there is no Phil. this guy is a basketball icon. AND HE SHOULD GET THE LOUDEST CHEER IN THE STAPLES CENTER WHEN HE COMES TO PICK UP THE RING OF THE TEAM THAT HE HELPED FORM AND BUILD

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

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    I agree. Tex is absolutely fantastic. One of the brilliant basketball minds of all time; and incredibly, an even better person. We love you Tex!

  • Brian Leyba

    It is such an injustice that one of the great minds in the NBA is not in the NBA Hall Of Fame.
    Tex Winter should be at the head of the class when it comes to discussing great coaches in basketball history.
    We Los Angeles Laker fans have been so lucky to have been blessed with so many great coaches, players and broadcasters working for the organization. None more important than Tex Winter and I look forward to seeing Coach Winter in November pick up his ring center court at Staples Center.
    All the best Tex & get well soon!!

    Brian Leyba
    Huntington Beach, CA.

  • domz

    can TLN stuff compile all our comments here and send them to Mr. Winter. just a suggestion.

    Get well soon Sir Winter. Godbless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=765475173 Ryan Eusebio

    Prayers go out to Tex and his family. I hope he gets well soon, i still remember seeing him at my school (Cal state Long Beach) getting honored at our school in the beginning of the basketball season for CSULB. Hope he is okay and gets well soon! Much prayers.

  • imfasterthanur

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    I second that notion. There’s nothing better than a lump-sum of support.

  • Dave Kraus

    As a kid growing up in Manhattan, Ks in the ’60’s, I had the privilege of watching Tex’s K-State teams; no superstars- just great team play and each player making contributions within the triangle offense. 2 Final Fours tells us he is a great coach. Also a gentleman with class and dignity. My prayers are with you, Coach.