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Chicago Tribune: Tex Winter expected to attend Hall of Fame induction

June 15, 2011 |  2:57 pm

6a00d8341c506253ef0147e3b200c4970b-320wiDespite suffering the ill effects of a debilitating stroke for the last two years, Tex Winter's health improved enough that his family is making plans for the legendary former Chicago Bulls and Lakers assistant to attend his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in early August, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported.

The report also indicates the guest list will include former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who won 11 championship rings partly because of Winter's mentorship and philosophy surrounding the triangle offense. The report also said in attendance will be Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, who once resigned from the selection committee to protest Winter's exclusion from the Hall of Fame. 

When the Tribune first reported about Winter's induction in early April, Jackson expressed irritation that his longtime assistant wasn't inducted sooner, believing that Winter remained excluded because "his contemporaries passed away," and believing a longtime assistant coach shouldn't get in at the expense of a head coach, player or executive.

"For the past 15 years, there have been people telling me that Tex is going in the Hall of Fame," Jackson said in early April. "When Tex was verbally and cognizantly capable of receiving this award, I would've been much happier. The fact now that he's had a stroke that's impaired his capabilities, it kind of irritates me a little bit that this wasn't done 10 years ago when he was still serving basketball at such a great capacity. Still in all, I'm happy it's been awarded."

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