The greatest coach in the history of sports passed today at the age of 99. John Wooden, or the Wizard of Westwood, won a record 10 NCAA Championships in 12 years at UCLA. He was the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. And he coached some memorable players, including Lew Alcindor who he is pictured with above. Players such as Gail Goodrich, Sidney Wicks, Henry Bibby, Bill Walton who describes here the rules of Coach Wooden, Jamaal Wilkes, David Meyers, and Marques Johnson. Here are some great "Woodenisms" if you will
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
"A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."
"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."
"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
"Never mistake activity for achievement."
Wooden is survived by his son, Jim; daughter Nan; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010
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Ken Griffey Jr. has retired. He sits fifth all time on the home run list with 630, despite all those years he lost to injury while playing for the Reds. What is even better and more refreshing about his career is knock on wood he has never been accused nor has he failed a steroids test. He is a lock for the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest players of our era.
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Have you seen the stats of Ubaldo Jimenez? They are ridiculous. He has won 10 of his 11 starts (an amazing 90.9%) with a minuscule 0.78 ERA. He has three more wins than the second most in all of baseball. He is truly having an awesome year and yes he still plays in Colorado and is not even in his prime yet. If he pitches half as good as he is right now for the rest of the year, he will win the Cy Young Award.
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