Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden dies at 99

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    http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/news/story?id=5253601
     
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    damn.. :(

    This guy's outlook on leadership, and life was absolutely wonderful. If any of you haven't read his book, I'd suggest to have a look at it. You'll find quite a bit of good nuggets there on sportsmanship, leadership, and how to win not just in sports, but in life.

    Really great guy. RIP.

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    What Wooden did with UCLA was nothing but amazing. Granted the competition wasn't as strong but it is still a great feat.
     
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    A great man. Not only was he the first person elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as both player and coach, but the year he led Purdue to the national championship as a player he also had the highest grade-point average of any Purdue athlete.

    It's hard to believe he won 10 national championships in a 12 year span as coach, the first time with no starters taller than 6'5".

    I'm sorry he didn't get to celebrate his upcoming 100th birthday.
     
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    You had a profound influence on many persons.

    RIP.
     
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    Damm, being from LA and knowing the UCLA dynasty.....you have to know John r wooden,,,, he was a good man!:)
     
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    Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, who created the annual John R. Wooden award given to the best all-around college basketball player, also died yesterday, just hours before Wooden. How's that for karma?

    Wooden's teams won 38 straight games in the NCAA tournament, in the days before there were so many lesser teams in the tournament. Yet he was more interested in how each of his players developed as a person rather than as a ball player.

    He won championships when he had players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton but also in the years in between. He talks about some of his philosophy in the clip at 7:00 in this 1973 championship game summary. That's the game in which Walton made 13 rebounds and was 21 of 22 shots from the field and 2 for 2 from the free throw line.

    Looking at those old videos, the most remarkable thing is how short basketball shorts used to be!
     

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