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