Trial by Basketball: The Life and Times of Tex Winter

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At age 77, Tex Winter entered his 15th year as an NBA assistant coach. He is the man who coached Michael Jordan longer than any other coach. His 52 years of coaching is the longest tenure in the nation and includes four Final Fours and six NBA Championships. He is referred to as "The Master and Inventor" of the famed triangle offense credited with making the Chicago Bulls a dynasty and Michael Jordan a superstar. Tex rejoins his friend Phil Jackson at the helm of the Los Angeles Lakers as they try to repeat their...

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Overview

At age 77, Tex Winter entered his 15th year as an NBA assistant coach. He is the man who coached Michael Jordan longer than any other coach. His 52 years of coaching is the longest tenure in the nation and includes four Final Fours and six NBA Championships. He is referred to as "The Master and Inventor" of the famed triangle offense credited with making the Chicago Bulls a dynasty and Michael Jordan a superstar. Tex rejoins his friend Phil Jackson at the helm of the Los Angeles Lakers as they try to repeat their success. Tex Winter is a man of character and a man with a story. This book is the authorized biography of Tex Winter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886110960
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication 5
Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 13
Prologue 17
Chapter 1 Trifles 27
Chapter 2 Things Were Worse in California 35
Chapter 3 Spring is Here, Winter Must Go 53
Chapter 4 The Triangle 73
Chapter 5 Traveling Violations 91
Chapter 6 Traveling Violations, The Sequel 109
Chapter 7 Tex Winter, Consultant 125
Chapter 8 Calves to Bulls 155
Chapter 9 Easy as 1-2-3 171
Chapter 10 Flying Without Michael 187
Chapter 11 Return of the Jedi 201
Chapter 12 Send in the Clowns 219
Chapter 13 Forgotten Championship 241
Chapter 14 Mud on the Horns 251
Chapter 15 Last Tango in Utah 269
Chapter 16 Escape to L.A. 281
Epilogue 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    Comments from the Author

    Greetings from Mark Bender, author of Trial By Basketball. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, attended The Stony Brook School (NY), Wheaton College (IL), and recently completed a 24-year Army career. I live in the Kansas City suburb of Weatherby Lake, Missouri. I give the book 4 stars, which means read it, despite the author's imperfections. I believe it has the potential to rock your world. That's why I read; that's why I write. The title--Trial By Basketball--is right on. It came late in the process, but it just seemed right, and still does. The book is all about the intensity of the basketball experience, the winning and losing, and the judgments that are made. Basketball at Tex's level is a trial--often a painful one. The subtitle--The Life and Times of Tex Winter--gave me the latitude I wanted to explore both Tex's life and the incredible times through which he's lived. The Depression, WWII, the crazy 60's, and The Jordan Era, are all important backdrops to his life. Just as important are the legendary sports figures with whom Tex locks horns--Jackie Robinson, Phog Allen, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Elvin Hayes, John Wooden, Kareem, Doug Collins, Jordan, Rodman, Shaq, and Kobe--not to mention his best friend, Phil Jackson, and his other best friend, Jerry Krause. Enjoy the book. Enjoy the life of a great sports personality as he weaves his way through the vagaries of life, choosing the high road whenever one is present. Tex is a great man, who's also a lot of fun. I hope my offering reflects that. Look for American Biography to continue to feature the lives of Americans of character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2000

    INCREDIBLE

    Mark Bender is such a talented author. Every line spoke to me, and the awe of this gives me a new found love of biographies. I hope Bender publishes a new book soon, because I will be the first to buy it!

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