Kobe, Pippen, Cone pay tribute to triangle offense pioneer Tex Winter

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(CNN Philippines, October 11) — Tex Winter, the architect of the triangle offense in basketball, has passed away. He was 96 years old.

The Chicago Bulls confirmed the news on its official Twitter account Thursday.

The triangle offense is a strategy that uses a center who establishes a spot at the post, a forward at the wing, and a guard at the corner. The goal of this is to create good spacing between players.

Winter first burst onto the scene when he served as an assistant coach for the Bulls. He taught the triangle offense which then became an integral role to the team's offensive schemes.

This proved to be effective for Chicago as it resulted in six NBA titles within a span of a decade with Hall of Famer Michael Jordan leading the cast.

Former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen, who was also part of the six championship campaigns, shared how Winter made them run the perfect triangle offense.

Following his success at the East Coast, Winter followed Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers where they won three more championships.

Winter was also a consultant for the Lakers' title run in 2009.

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant credited Winter for helping him reach the pinnacle of basketball glory.

Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone's name is associated with the triangle offense in the local scene.

The winningest tactician in PBA history with 21 championships says Winter had a big impact in his coaching life.