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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.com
    Earlier 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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One the greatest coaches ever. R.I.P.
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A real class act gone.
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I'm not a basketball fan by any stretch, but Mr. Wooden is one of the most fascinating people I have ever read about. From the stories I've read about, he made the most of his 99 years here.
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The world was blessed for having John Wooden in it for almost a century. RIP to maybe the best coach ever in any sport.
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I've been hearing stories about how pro coaches from OTHER sports would go to John Wooden for coaching advice, even when he was well into his 90s. Incredible.

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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.
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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.



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