John Wooden Passes


Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden passed away today at the ripe old age of 99. Coach Wooden is the standard all coaches in any sport are measured by. There will never be another one like him.

Over 27 years, he won 620 games, including 88 straight during one historic stretch, and coached many of the game's greatest players - including Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor.

Seattle Times

Here is another link from the the LA Times from 2006 that is just marvelous.

One of our players at UCLA a few years ago intercepted one at center court and he was all alone, nobody within 25 feet of him. He jumped up, and instead of just laying the ball in the basket, he turned a complete 360 and threw it back down over his head through the basket hard. The fans were stomping and roaring. Somebody tapped me on the shoulder and asked, "What'd you think of that, Coach?"

And I said, "I'd have had him out of there before he hit the floor."

LA Times

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