Black Sports : J Wooden, The Wizard of Westwood Dies

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    Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden passed away at 6:45 p.m. PT Friday evening at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of natural causes. He was 99.

    With his signature rolled-up game program in hand, Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships, including an unmatched streak of seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.

    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.

    As a coach, he was groundbreaking trendsetter who demanded his players be in great condition so they could play an up-tempo style not well-known on the West Coast at the time.

    But the Wizard's legacy extended well beyond that.

    He was the master of the simple one- or two-sentence homily, instructive little messages best presented in his famous ``Pyramid of Success,'' which remains must-read material, not only for fellow coaches but for anyone in a leadership position in American business.

    Former UCLA player and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love addressed Wooden's passing.

    ``There isn't one thing that stuck out to me other than being able to call him on a regular basis, and knowing him on a personal level," Love said. "I met a lot of important people at UCLA through him who will be connections for the rest of my life. Coach Wooden will always be remembered as the greatest, in every sense of the word."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    He was one of the best at the game of coaching
     
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    The Pyramid of Success was he greatest legacy for Coach was first and formost a teacher and mentor and his influence extended outside the basketball court.

    RIP Coach
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    tru tru !!!
     
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    I think he was thee best to ever coach the game. He is in the Hall of Fame both as a player and coach!















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    I have to agree wooden coaching style was made for UCLA
    if he was coaching today against folks like coach K and a few others
    he would be the best and beat them all ..


    who is the best college top 10 coachies of all time ???
    we know Wooden is # 1 but who follows his lead to round out the top 10 ???
     
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    I think it would be
    Wooden
    Bob Knight
    Dean Smith
    Adolph Rupp
    Mike Krzyzewski
    Ray Meyer
    Eddie Sutton
    Lou henson
    Bill Self
    Roy Williams


    May Wooden winning legacy continue through other great coaches
    RIP
     
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