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Hall of Fame Player & Coach John Wooden gravely ill, would be 100 on October 14, 2010
The Province ^ | June 3, 2010 | Erik Rolfsen

Posted on 06/03/2010 10:23:20 PM PDT by Steelers6

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden, 99, is gravely ill in hospital 99, several media outlets are reporting.

He reportedly not eaten for several days and is receiving care at UCLA Medical Center.

Wooden is best known for winning a record 10 NCAA championships in 12 seasons while coaching the Lew Alcindor-led UCLA Bruins in the 1948 to 1975.

He was born Oct. 14, 1910 in a small town in Indiana called Hall, and played his own college ball for the Purdue Boilermakers, winning a national title in 1932.

In his golden years, Wooden has been a much sought after speaker on motivation and leadership, and his "Wooden-isms" are repeated by many.

"Discipline yourself and others won't need to," he told Esquire magazine in March of this year, before adding, "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation."

He was named by ESPN as the greatest coach of the 20th century.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Legendary+basketball+coach+John+Wooden+gravely/3108912/story.html#ixzz0prHi2XxX


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coach; ill; wooden
We just lost a golden girl today. John Wooden would be a golden guy. Hope he makes it to 100. He's a great coach and a great man.
1 posted on 06/03/2010 10:23:21 PM PDT by Steelers6
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To: Steelers6

Ditto. Such a wonderful example for all. He will be sorely missed when he passes on to his reward, which I pray will be great!


2 posted on 06/03/2010 10:26:09 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Steelers6

My father-in-law, a Hoosier born and bred, Purdue educated, thought John Wooden was a saint. He was right.


3 posted on 06/03/2010 10:30:12 PM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: Steelers6

>while coaching the Lew Alcindor-led UCLA Bruins in the 1948
>to 1975.

Kareem ain’t that old!


4 posted on 06/03/2010 10:30:47 PM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: DennisR
So many good quotes.... Success is never final...failure is never fatal.

Remember this your life time through...
Tomorrow there will be more to do...
And failure waits with all who stay...
With some sucess made yesterday...
Tomorrow you must try once more...
And even harder then before...

5 posted on 06/03/2010 10:31:44 PM PDT by sball (If)
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To: Steelers6

phi kai phi, John!


6 posted on 06/03/2010 10:33:32 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: Steelers6
His official website is a treasure trove.

Lots of history in pics, stats and vids.

7 posted on 06/03/2010 10:35:10 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: Steelers6

I’m glad to see you’ve instituted a moratorium on your Los Angeles boycott.


8 posted on 06/03/2010 10:38:54 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Steelers6

Bill Walton’s tribute to John Wooden, written ten years ago:

http://www.billwalton.com/component/content/article/47;Itemid=55


9 posted on 06/03/2010 10:44:00 PM PDT by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Steelers6

My husband and I were freshmen at UCLA John Wooden’s final year there. We consider that we are privileged to have had that experience. My prayers are with him and his family.

Anybody who thinks that the UCLA family reverence for him is just about basketball wasn’t there. He ate lunch where the students did. Anybody could sit with him and just talk. I had a class that caused me to pass him on his daily walks. He smiled and said hello every morning.

His example, his life philosophies, his perspective, everything about who he is and what he taught will be missed when he goes. George Bush was correct when he called John Wooden a national treasure.

A true loss for all when he goes but especially for we Bruins.


10 posted on 06/03/2010 10:47:06 PM PDT by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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Great Man; Great Coach. Peaceful Prayers for Coach Wooden.


11 posted on 06/03/2010 10:48:16 PM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Steelers6
Two great Wooden quotes:

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

12 posted on 06/03/2010 10:52:19 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Steelers6
As a CSULB Alumni and a current Trojan fan I have many reasons to despise the Bruins, but none whatsoever to think any ill of a true gentlemen, a great coach and a class act, which is what Coach Wooden is and always will be.
13 posted on 06/03/2010 10:58:37 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Even Hitler had Government run health care, but at least he got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: ROTB

nope!!!! but I do remember Lew’s fresh. squad whipping the varsity! can you imagine how that must have felt to the BMOC stud BB players?


14 posted on 06/03/2010 10:58:51 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: ROTB

I remember a friend going to the watch him play for Power Memorial High School in NYC. That was early-mid 60s.


15 posted on 06/03/2010 11:01:33 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Steelers6

Ronald Reagan would have been 100 next year, was born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. About 300 miles North and West of where John Wooden was born 4 months before.

2 Great men from the same era from the Midwest who went to California about the same time and rose to the top in the 60’s and 70’s.


16 posted on 06/03/2010 11:08:30 PM PDT by Steelers6
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To: Steelers6

My grandfather and coach Wooden were church deacons together. My grandfather only missed 1 Bruins home game in nearly 20 years (roughly 1960-1980) and that was because the fog was so bad that he ran his car into the house backing it out of the garage and decided it was too thick to try and make it over to UCLA. I just wish he had invited me to at least one of those games.


17 posted on 06/03/2010 11:14:06 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: rbbeachkid

I went to a game at Pauley Pavillion during the Wooden era in ‘73 (when I was 9). ...against Maryland, IIRC. It was somewhere near the end of UCLA’s record 88-game win streak. Very close contest. ...but my buddy (whose dad had season tickets) was unconcerned. ...”the Bruins ALWAYS win.” And they did.

Also attended John Wooden basketball camp in ‘73 and ‘74. ...at Cal Lutheran College and Pepperdine. Coach was there (along with several UCLA players) to give us all individual instruction. Amazing experience. As you mentioned, he was very approachable and friendly. ...and extraordinarily wise. Wisest man I’ve ever met, in fact.


18 posted on 06/03/2010 11:51:20 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ROTB

Yes, Alcindor was only there four years and only played varsity three years (freshmen couldn’t play back then I believe). John Wooden is about a lot more then Lew Alcindor.


19 posted on 06/04/2010 12:04:04 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Steelers6
"Be quick but not in a hurry," he would tell his players.

Nobody is ever going to top his record for national championships.

20 posted on 06/04/2010 12:04:08 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Rummyfan
John Wooden is about a lot more then Lew Alcindor.

Darn right. In fact, 5 of his 10 NCAA championships were won without either Alcindor or Walton playing. ...a fact many aren't aware of. The best coach of all time, by a wide margin.

And a first-class human being.

21 posted on 06/04/2010 12:10:06 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo; Rummyfan

Those years were...

‘64, ‘65, ‘70, ‘71 (when Walton was a freshman, and Wooden never played freshmen), and ‘75.


22 posted on 06/04/2010 12:18:29 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: sball
"So many good quotes.... Success is never final...failure is never fatal."

To Bill Walton after he told Coach he wouldn't shave his beard, "You would have been a fine addition to this team."

bruinbirdman, '69

23 posted on 06/04/2010 12:22:26 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: Steelers6

I grew up in Pauley Pavilion. My parents were at every game. They took me along many times. When I was very little I noticed that they decorated with some kind of calendar system. Every year a new banner with the year on it was hanging from the rafters. But I saw one year was missing so I asked my Dad why. “We didn’t win that year.” :)

G-d bless you Coach, and heal you. Thank you for your influence on my parents. I don’t know you but they love you so I do too.


24 posted on 06/04/2010 2:44:33 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: hole_n_one
I’m glad to see you’ve instituted a moratorium on your Los Angeles boycott.

Wooden was and Indiana native who made Cali and the country better. Not the other way around.

25 posted on 06/04/2010 3:57:31 AM PDT by sausageseller (If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. M, Thatcher)
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To: Steelers6

In college basketball, John Wooden is the teacher, all others are students. Good luck coach.


26 posted on 06/04/2010 4:06:20 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Steelers6

A great man whose likes won’t be seen again anytime soon. Prayers up for Coach Wooden.


27 posted on 06/04/2010 4:23:00 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: bobby.223

nope!!!! but I do remember Lew’s fresh. squad whipping the varsity! can you imagine how that must have felt to the BMOC stud BB players?

***********************************************

Especially since the freshman squad beat the defending national champions. =)


28 posted on 06/04/2010 4:44:43 AM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: Steelers6

I’ll second that - a great guy!
I was fortunate to be at UCLA for the last Wooden years. We students were camping out to get tix when Mr. Class Act came out to chat with us. He’s the best....
Go Bruins!!!


29 posted on 06/04/2010 6:56:57 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: rbbeachkid

Hey fellow Bruin - I just posted the same...
We were so lucky to be there to see him...
If he does pass, how wonderful to leave such an outstanding legacy! He did make a difference...


30 posted on 06/04/2010 6:59:46 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Mr. Mojo

He has the best team that money could buy.


31 posted on 06/04/2010 7:42:27 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Steelers6

Prayers up for the legend. I happened to sit next to him at a track meet at UCLA once back in the 1980s.


32 posted on 06/04/2010 8:48:31 AM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- follow the money and you'll find truth.)
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To: EDINVA

I remember a friend going to the watch him play for Power Memorial High School in NYC. That was early-mid 60s.

***********************

So, what did this friend say about the young Lew/Kareem?


33 posted on 06/04/2010 11:27:09 AM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: ROTB
So, what did this friend say about the young Lew/Kareem?

He doesn't work hard enough on defense?

34 posted on 06/04/2010 11:29:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Steelers6
"Legendary basketball coach John Wooden, 99, is gravely ill in hospital 99, several media outlets are reporting."

"He reportedly not eaten for several days and is receiving care at UCLA Medical Center."

"Wooden is best known for winning a record 10 NCAA championships in 12 seasons while coaching the Lew Alcindor-led UCLA Bruins in the 1948 to 1975."

Was this written in Swedish and translated via Babelfish?

35 posted on 06/04/2010 11:36:29 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: ROTB

We lied in Northern Westchester (NY) at the time. It was a schlep to get into Manhattan. But nothing could stop my friend, then a high school student and real bb fan, from getting there to watch Alcindor play. He thought Alcindor was the best high school player he’d ever seen or, at the time, could imagine. I’m trying hard to remember exactly when that was, and am inclined to say 1964.


36 posted on 06/04/2010 12:42:28 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: dfwgator

>He doesn’t work hard enough on defense?

From his Wikipedia *spit* page.

In 1973, Abdul-Jabbar won his third MVP Award in five years and was among the top five NBA players in scoring (27.0 ppg, third), rebounding (14.5 rpg, fourth), blocked shots (283, second), and field goal percentage (.539, second).

He seemed to get over it somewhat


37 posted on 06/04/2010 12:43:23 PM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: EDINVA

“We lied in Northern Westchester (NY) at the time”

we also liVed there at the time ;)


38 posted on 06/04/2010 12:45:43 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: ROTB

You never saw the movie “Airplane”, did you?


39 posted on 06/04/2010 1:10:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

>You never saw the movie “Airplane”, did you?

Actually, I have. And if you’ve watched it as many times as I have, you would have said, ...

“Surely, you’ve seen the movie, ‘Airplane’?”


40 posted on 06/04/2010 1:41:42 PM PDT by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: Steelers6

He died.

http://www.wthr.com/global/story.asp?s=12599085


41 posted on 06/04/2010 7:38:43 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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