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.