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Jackson: Winter improving in hospital

Updated: April 27, 2009, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Tex Winter, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers consultant and mentor to coach Phil Jackson, is recovering in a Kansas hospital from an apparent stroke.

Winter, 87, fell ill Saturday morning in Manhattan, where he was attending a Kansas State basketball reunion. He coached the Wildcats from 1954-68.

"The assessment today is some of his faculties are coming back and he's improving," Jackson said Sunday at the Lakers' suburban practice gym.

Jackson said he heard Winter ...

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