Tex Winter may be ready to call it a career with Lakers

One of the great basketball minds of all time may be setting for a retirement. We will miss you Tex!

L.A. Times: 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.”

One thing Winter has never been called is a distraction.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson has lobbied numerous times for Winter to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, to no avail. (Winter has been recognized by the Hall of Fame with a lifetime achievement award but has not officially been elected into its membership.)

As per his contract, Winter is with the Lakers two weeks every month, which limits the time he can spend with his wife, Nancy, at their residence in Portland, Ore.

“It makes it tough on her and on me and everybody else too,” he said.

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  • lakerfan

    Tex Winter 2010 Hall of Fame inductee

  • http://www.otrbasketball.com/forums/ Nissan

    He should be in the HOF.

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  • Smush Walton

    It is the Eastern media bias. If he was from New York or Boston he’d have been in there a long time ago.

  • 3 wyshes

    This is bigger than it seems. If the Lakers win the championship this may affect Phil’s decission on returning to coach. These 2 have been partners since the chicago days so they are tight.

  • Coach John

    I have had the distinct honor or knowing Tex for many years. Anything you think about Tex is absolutely true. He knows more about basketball than anyone I’ve ever known. And my best friend is an ex-NBA coach and my college coach is in the Naismith Hall of Fame. He is great fun and can be cranky at times. I used to love to watch him get on Coach Jackson and tell him to, “Coach!!!” The Hall of Fame is the less for not including this giant. He will get in. I only hope that he is alive to accept it and his son Brian doesn’t have to. A little known fact is that when he and Coach Jackson were in Chicago he would drive by Coach Jackson’s home before every home game and drive to the game. Tex was still in Chicago the year that Coach Jackson was between jobs. Tex still drove by his house on the way to Bulls games….You don’t mess with a streak.