Triangle mastermind coached from heart

April, 4, 2011
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
ESPNChicago.com
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Perhaps the one blessing in an otherwise frustrating recovery from the stroke he suffered two years ago this month is that Tex Winter can still watch the game he loves. And still dissect it.

He can’t talk about it much. Nor can he write down what he is thinking. “But you give him a piece of paper and tell him to draw out what they’re doing in the game on TV, and he’ll diagram the play,” said Winter’s son Brian.

The arcs and lines, x’s and o’s, form a sort of basketball poetry that the 89-year-old created and immersed himself in throughout a storied coaching career, earning him a well-deserved, if tardy, induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this summer.

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Melissa Isaacson

Columnist, ESPNChicago.com
Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.

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