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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF TEX WINTER, ASSISTANT COACH OF THE CHICAGO BULLS AND LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Patek Philippe
AN 18K YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH GIVEN TO COACH TEX WINTER BY MICHAEL JORDAN 1997 REF 5096J MVT 1859211 CASE 2992624
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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF TEX WINTER, ASSISTANT COACH OF THE CHICAGO BULLS AND LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Patek Philippe
AN 18K YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH GIVEN TO COACH TEX WINTER BY MICHAEL JORDAN 1997 REF 5096J MVT 1859211 CASE 2992624
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Patek Philippe
AN 18K YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH GIVEN TO COACH TEX WINTER BY MICHAEL JORDAN 1997 REF 5096J MVT 1859211 CASE 2992624
• cal. 215 manual winding movement stamped with the seal of Geneva, 18 jewels • white dial, applied bullet indexes, dauphine hands, subsidiary seconds • presentation inscription to the sapphire crystal display back • case, dial and movement signed • 18k yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle • Certificate of Origin dated 24 Dec 1997, Extract from the Archives confirming sale on 18 Nov 1997, booklets, folder, box, packaging
diameter 33 mm
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The present watch was presented to Tex Winter by Michael Jordan following the 1997-1998 NBA season where the Chicago Bulls won the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. This was the sixth NBA title for the Bulls in eight years and the last one Jordan would win. The back of the watch is engraved simply 'Thanks, MJ.'

Tex Winter is best known as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson first with the Chicago Bulls and subsequently with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is credited with enhancing and popularizing the Triangle Offense, developed by his college coach Sam Barry at USC, and making it an effective strategy of the modern basketball game.

The offensive scheme made Jordan's tremendous abilities a single part of a greater program, rather than the entire focus. Before implementing the Triangle Offense, opposing teams were able to double- or triple-team, Jordan, making the Bulls' offense less effective. Once Jackson and Winter initiated the Triangle, it became easier to use Jordan as a moving target, freeing him to score more easily and allowing his teammates to get to the basket more efficiently as well.

To date, Phil Jackson has coached teams to 11 NBA Championships using the Triangle Offense - a tool he got directly from Tex Winter.

For Jordan, Winter was as important a teacher as he was a strategist. During his retirement press conference in 2001, Jordan singled Winter out saying, "...Tex Winter probably [was] the most [important teacher], because he was probably the one that would criticize my game more than anybody. To me that's a plus, that's a driving force for me."

This watch is further accompanied by a copy of the book, Coach Tex Winter: Triangle Basketball, by Ann Parr as well as a notarized letter from Winter's family confirming the details of the gift from Jordan.

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