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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: NDX Press (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193380310X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933803104
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hardcore hoopheads and would-be coaches will look for details about Tex's famed innovations to the triangle offense, and younger readers will undoubtedly appreciate the colorful graphics, pictures, and bite-sized text sections. --Kirkus Discoveries

Knowledgeable sports fans will really enjoy this book. It's a thorough, wonderful exploration of one man's life, a man who had an important and lasting impact on a great game. --14th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards Commentary

Award Winner in Sports Category --Best Books 2006 USABooksNews

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Tex Winter began his coaching career in the fall of 1947 as assistant coach at Kansas State University and continues through this season, 2005-06 as assistant coach and consultant with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has stayed in the field, teaching and coaching, nearly sixty consecutive seasons, except for the 2004-05 season when he followed through on his threat to retire. The retirement lasted one season.

This book highlights Tex's background, values and character; how he found his love for sports, followed it, and thrived. It follows the development of his major contribution to the game of basketball- the Triple Post Offense, often called the Triangle Offense. It provides background for the Triangle's evolution, and it underlines the sometimes rocky and painful road to the legacy he leaves. As his friend Pete Newell says, "He changed the game of basketball and gave a name to a particular pattern of offense."

Most of all, this book shows how Tex Winter became the teacher and coach that he, as a young teen, defined as his life's work.

Customer Reviews

I had some free time recently and picked up this Tex Winter book.
Donald E. Tarver
While I can live with a few highlighted notes and an (incorrect) adjustment, I can't be satisfied with several pages falling out the first time I open the book!
Grant
This is a fabulous story about a man that doesn't give up and shows how teams and team work can achieve more than the sum of the parts.
David L. Field

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted R. Hayes on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ann Parr has written a most in-depth, factual and inspiring closeup and personal story of one of the nation's great basketball minds, Tex Winter. Her years of personal friendship with Coach Winter, nurtured through her husband Jack Parr, who was an All-American for Winter at Kansas State, has provided the author with a unique, inside opportunity to share with the rest of us, the values and attributes behind the genius sitting on the bench during nine NBA world championship seasons.

This is not a book of "x"'s and "O"'s, or "triple-post/triangle offense intracacies. Rather, it is a story of how one man's belief in the team concept over individual talent became a foundation for those nine NBA world championship teams - each of which abounded in individual superstar talent but never won until grasping Winter's team philosophy in the triangle offense which Phil Jackson so masterfully orchestrated on the court.

Having had the privilege of knowing Tex Winter for years, I was nonetheless mesmerized by the stories he told through Ann Parr. I learned so much about Tex and his teams and his dreams and even got a great glimpse at what it was like to coach the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Scottie Pippen and the most intriguing Dennis Rodman.

"Triangle Basketball" is a must read for basketball fans and for those striving to find out why some teams are so successful where others fail. Tex Winter, already a giant in basketball lore in this country, was given, in my opinion, a magnificent boost through Ann Parr's book, to a permanent place of honor in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. With beautiful graphics, photos and quotes from numerous men who played for Tex Winter, my appreciation and affection for Tex Winter and for the author were magnified a thousand times. I simply could not put this book down.

Ted Hayes, Executive Director

State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Tarver on July 18, 2006
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I read magazines and newspapers, not books. I had some free time recently and picked up this Tex Winter book. Although I like to watch basketball, I don't know much about the specific plays and strategies, and I didn't know who Tex Winter was. I flopped the book open -- to a middle page -- and started reading. I kept turning back toward the front of the book to find out what happened before, and then what happened before that, and pretty soon, I couldn't put the thing down. All the interesting quotes and stories by and about famous players and coaches got me hooked. And all the quotes and personal notes by Tex made me read more. It's great, and I'd recommend it for anyone who has any interest in basketball, or sports in general, or just likes inspirational personal stories. It's a "can't put down" book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bendat on May 28, 2009
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This book is fantastic. I am a huge Laker fan, and for years watched the Zen Master teach his players to execute the Triangle Offense, but never really understood its origin or knew anything about the man that invented it. It wasn't until Coach Tex Winter had his stroke that I decided to read about this man's life, and all that he accomplished while creating a whole new way to play basketball. With details that go back to Tex in grade school, and all the way through the different teams he coached, this book will not only inform its readers about Tex as a man, but also about Tex as a coach, mentor, and inventor of the Basketball's most complicated and effective offense. This book is ideal for any fan of basketball that loves the game, but also wants to learn about the man who created the offense that changed it forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L. Field on July 9, 2006
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I need to admit first that I know very little about basketball (5 on a team, right?!) and was nervous that this lack of bball knowledge would deter from the story. This is a fabulous story about a man that doesn't give up and shows how teams and team work can achieve more than the sum of the parts. A great story that I couldn't put down. Thanks Ann Parr for putting this together and documenting for posterity the history of one American hero.
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Author Ann Parr artfully details the principles that led to Tex Winters' rise to greatness in the coaching profession. The book is masterfully interwoven from beginning to end with insightful anecdotes from those most intimately associated with Tex during his travels from his earliest days as a youth in Texas to his current post as Los Angeles Laker Assistant Coach and Hoops Guru in residence.
My dad played for Tex during his two seasons at Marquette University in his initial Head Coaching Position. Many years later during Coach Winters' tenure with the Chicago Bulls Tex most graciously and generously volunteered his valuable time to share his expertise on the fundamentals and strategies of the game as well as imparting his wealth of knowledge of the triangle in a sincere effort to aid me in beginning my coaching career.
I can personally vouch for the books authenticity in describing the character of the man and the values for which he stands. I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to learn to coach the game the way it was meant to be played.
As the sports preeminent "Keeper of the Flame" Tex lights the way to a thoroughly enjoyable journey that was and is his life story.
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By Grant on January 24, 2013
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First off, DO NOT BUY from the seller cdoliver008. Who specifically stated "SOLID BINDING AND A CLEAN BOOK". While I can live with a few highlighted notes and an (incorrect) adjustment, I can't be satisfied with several pages falling out the first time I open the book!

Secondly, to the author and publisher and all else involved in the production of this book, how about considering a name relevant to the book?! Yes, Tex Winter is the man who created the Triangle Offence, but this book is about the man and nothing about his basketball system.

Any COACHES who want this book to learn a style of offence, LOOK ELSEWHERE. Anyone interested in reading about the man Tex Winter and his NBA experiences with Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, etc. then this is for you.
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