As reported by ESPN (sports.espn.go.com), former UCLA coach, 10-time national champion and Hall of Famer John Wooden died of natural causes. He was 99.
Originally posted by ESPN.comEarlier in the day, former UCLA and Los Angeles Lakers star Jamaal Wilkes told The Associated Press that he visited Wooden in his hospital room twice this week and they chatted briefly.
Wilkes said Wooden recognized him and that the coach's mind remains "sharp as a tack," although he said the 99-year-old Wooden's body is "very, very frail."
During his second visit on Wednesday night, Wilkes asked Wooden if he recognized him.
"His glasses fogged up and he had to clean his glasses," Wilkes said. "He looked at me and said, 'I remember you, now go sit down."
And thus, one of the great minds in basketball is gone.
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Having never watched him coach, you still know he was a brilliant man to win all of those titles. Not to mention being able to keep quality recruits coming in, and staying through college, and still being able to win is a testament to his personality and his people skills.
We'll never see 10 titles in 12 years again. It's simply one of those marks that will never be eclipsed.
A sad day in the basketball world; John Wooden truly is not just one of the greatest coaches in the sport's history, but one of its biggest figures to ever be known. As Paterno is Penn State itself, John Wooden was and always will be UCLA and a continuous symbol (and benchmark) for greatness.
Might be because we don't have a big-pockets owner who can just go buy the pieces needed for a title...but on the other hand, that's just too Steinbrenner-esque. And it's not just the Midwest...Cheesehead Nation is worldwide, yo.