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Lakers get a visit from Tex Winter

The Lakers got a visit from an old friend at practice today, one that brought smiles to everyone's faces.

Fabforum Tex Winter, the Lakers' basketball consultant who suffered a stroke in April, attended practice and will be at the team's ring ceremony Tuesday at Staples Center.

Winter declined interview requests, but he did talk with some of the media members as well as players.

Ron Artest was on the court shooting after practice when he noticed Winter. Artest ran over to shake hands with Winter.

Kobe Bryant, who came out of the training room to be interviewed, hugged Winter.

"The Master Yoda," Bryant said about Winter, the master of the triangle offense.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Tex Winter in 2003. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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