John Wooden Dies
Old 06-05-2010, 02:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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He built UCLA basketball into a machine but hated the expectations that stole the joy of playing and eventually pushed him into retirement in 1975. He became a beloved elder statesman, but was embarrassed by the adulation. He was so generous with his time and name that family and friends closed ranks and said no for him more often before anyone else could take advantage of the kind soul. He was an Indiana country boy in a Los Angeles world

"They always throw the word 'icon' around. I don't know if we've seen an icon like him," said Jerry West, the former Lakers player and executive. "He's one of the most remarkable men that I've ever been around in my life. The most uplifting person. I don't know if there's anyone wiser or smarter. I loved that guy. I absolutely loved him. He left a mark on this city that's never going to be forgotten. An incredible person..
Link: Wooden leaves a legacy nearly unmatched in hoops history
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Any other university coach will always be judged to him. Yes blessed with wonderful player but was able win year after year. As we all know its not always talent that wins.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Let me just say that this is not sad. It's great that he lived so long, and gave so much to so many.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Way before my time but I've read much about him before. Great coach but a better person.

RIP Wooden
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