Tex Winter nearly changed Tigers' 1st Draft – MLB.com

The book sat in a box for years in Gene Lamont’s Florida home, gathering dust as the baseball seasons added up. Lamont happened to come across it recently as he was clearing things out.

“The Triple-Post Offense” reads the cover, with a trio of basketball outlines. The author is Fred “Tex” Winter, the Basketball Hall of Fame coach who passed away Wednesday at age 96. Inside the leather-colored cover are the concepts and plays behind what would later become known as the Triangle Offense, the strategy behind Phil Jackson’s dynasties with the Bulls and Lakers.

The book sat in a box for years in Gene Lamont’s Florida home, gathering dust as the baseball seasons added up. Lamont happened to come across it recently as he was clearing things out.

“The Triple-Post Offense” reads the cover, with a trio of basketball outlines. The author is Fred “Tex” Winter, the Basketball Hall of Fame coach who passed away Wednesday at age 96. Inside the leather-colored cover are the concepts and plays behind what would later become known as the Triangle Offense, the strategy behind Phil Jackson’s dynasties with the Bulls and Lakers.

Also inside the cover is a message Winter wrote to Lamont.

The 1962 book is a collector’s item, a true example of a coach whose concepts were ahead of their time. When Winter gave Lamont the book 53 years ago, however, it was a recruiting tool.

Yes, Tex Winter recruited Gene Lamont.

Yes, Gene Lamont was really good at basketball.

“I’m in the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame,” Lamont said proudly.

Indeed, scour the names in the hall — legends like Isiah Thomas, Dan Issel, George Mikan, Doug Collins and Hersey Hawkins — and there’s Lamont, star guard from Hiawatha High School in tiny Kirkland, Illinois,

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