Prior to Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals between Boston and L.A., coaching legend Tex Winter received the NBA Coaches Association 2010 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Dr. Jack Ramsay.
“It’s heartwarming to see two guys you looked up to as a coach receive an award,” said Lakers head coach and devotee to Winter’s Triangle Offense Phil Jackson.
Winter took the podium in the STAPLES Center press room briefly to thank the Coaches Association for the honor, while receiving a hearty ovation from those in attendance as Mavericks coach and Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle presented the honors.
“To receive an award like this from my peers is one of the highlights of my career,” said Winter.
In a release from the Coaches Association, Winter was described as follows:
An exceptionally successful coach on the college level, Tex brought his passion, intense study of the game and strategic thinking to the NBA where he has been a key contributor to an amazing ten NBA Championship teams. Tex’s refinement and introduction of the now famed “Triangle Offense” into the NBA revolutionized the game and how it was coached.