Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 1:23 pm  |  22 responses

Legendary Coach Wooden Dies At Age 99

Not only was Wooden one of basketball’s most winningest coaches, he was one of the greatest coaches and human beings the sport has ever seen: “John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and ’70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his “Pyramid of Success” motivational program, has died. He was 99. Wooden died Friday evening of natural causes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the university announced. He had been hospitalized since last week for dehydration.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/GerardHimself Gerard Himself

    a legend has passed away. But 99 is a wonderful age. Almost too cliché, but when it comes to coach Wooden you can truly say “gone, but not forgotten.”

  • deafshooter

    my condolences to the family

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn. We all knew it would happen soon due to his advanced age, but it’s still hard to believe. Millions around the world were impacted by him. Basketball, and the world in general, has lost a truly remarkable man.

  • nastierthanu

    Here’s a guy who wouldn’t have his name put on the court unless they added his wife. That’s hot. I’m happy for her because she has been sharing him with ball for years. Now it their time to relax.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com CHRIS

    well to sum it all up he was basketball philosophy

  • Tadas

    The man passed away but his legend will live forever

  • Tadas

    The man passed away but his legend will live forever

  • deano

    that slimy snake Phil can’t even wipe Coach Wooden’s shoes. RIP, all yall coaches out there struggling to get your team together, blowing a gasket and what not cough cough Stan Vangundy cough cough, learn from this man what it is to be a leader

  • JD

    RIP Coach Wooden, the greatest coach to have ever lived, sorry Slam but he deserves far more than 6 lines.

  • D.A.

    A great man. He will be missed. Prayers and thoughts with the family. He has truly gone to a better place.

  • Fat Lever

    Totally agree with JD. Legend in every sense of the word, still sharp as hell at 99 and only what seems like a passing mention on the site.

  • The Philosopher

    Condolences to the family. His legacy shall live on forever.

  • http://www.addictedtobeauty.ca Kevin

    i usually hate this kinda yapping, but i kinda like it too.. now i wanna see Gasol back up his words in game 2. if he maintains his dominance, the Celtics have no shot in hell.

  • JoeMaMa

    Possibly the greatest coach in any sport. His dominance was rivaled by Auerbach’s, but the way in which he helped grow young men is his real mark on this world. The game suffers without his class, values, and heart.
    And the comments I’m reading are great. We all respect the man. Rest in Peace Coach.

  • TyMo

    A legend gone, but never forgotten.

  • bnets

    GOAT of Coaching

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Give SLAM a break. It’s saturday, I’m sure they will have more than 6 lines on Wooden very soon. And did anyone else read Gregg Doyel’s wack a$$ article about Wooden and cheating?

  • Mark

    Give John Wooden a cover….

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    John Wooden was a great coach, but since players stayed for all four years and he could get the best does his 10 Championships really matter. Here is who Wooden said was the GOAT last year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ElUmrpZEU

  • nastierthanu

    @the seed that’s a heck of a link. It a shame u weren’t 1st in this post

  • Ged23ai

    A great man & a legend the man has great
    humility, he’ll be missed but never forgotten
    R.I.P. John wooden