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February 28, 2009 | Wire Reports
John Wooden is recovering from pneumonia, and the 98-year-old basketball coaching great is expected to be released from the hospital soon. UCLA, the school Wooden coached to 10 national titles, said Friday he was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital Feb. 13 and is completing his recovery. "My father is doing well," said Nan Muehlhausen, Wooden's daughter. "His lungs are clear and he has been eating well. We expect him to be released soon."
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April 9, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Steve Nash wasn't exactly jumping up and down after moving up third on the NBA's all-time assists list during Tuesday's 145-130 loss to Houston. "It was a relief, to be honest," said Nash, a two-time league MVP. "I kind of just wanted to get it out of the way because I didn't want it hanging over my head or my teammates' heads, so it was nice to get it done. " It happened on a pass to Jodie Meeks for a dunk with 2 minutes 13 seconds left in the first half. Nash entered the game with 10,330 career assists, just four behind Mark Jackson's 10,334.  His pass to Meeks moved Nash to 10,335, now behind only John Stockton's 15,806 and Jason Kidd's 12,091.
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July 12, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
The recent heated discussion over the merits of Steve Alford's salary to coach basketball at UCLA included a little analysis from reader Scott Ninegar. John Wooden was paid $6,000 to coach the Bruins in 1948, his first season at UCLA. In today's dollars, Ninegar calculated, Wooden's $6,000 would be $57,994 when adjusted for inflation. Wooden's final salary in the 1975 season, when he won his 10th NCAA title, was $40,500. Ninegar calculated that would now be $175,358. Alford's salary is $2.6 million a year for seven years.  Ninegar has that at 14.8 times what Wooden's $175,358 would have been after adjusting for inflation.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It came during a pause in the national anthem, loud and clear. “Fire D'Antoni!” was the yell from a single fan before the Lakers played Houston on Tuesday. Don't tell that to Steve Nash, who came to the defense of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni earlier in the day. “With the amount of injuries and the rebuilding and the evaluating different players, I don't know that any coach is going to be real successful this season,” Nash said. “John Wooden is not going to be dealt a great hand with all the change and injuries we've had. You look at it every week, someone else goes down.” The Lakers will take their time evaluating D'Antoni.
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December 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The freshman-sophomore basketball team from Reseda Cleveland High is in a panic. It's their first home game, their friends are whooping at them from the creaky stands in the musty gym, and they can't find the basket. In their first four trips down the court against San Fernando High, they rush to the hoop and miss layups, their offense quickly dissolving into a chaotic blur. On the sideline, the kid coach with the oversized dark blue tie hanging between rolled-up light blue sleeves stares quietly at the court.
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January 27, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Ayeet Timothy Odeke, basketball coach at Nkumba University in Kampala, gets the look - the same one Bill Walton might have given John Wooden years ago - when he instructs his players on the proper way to put on their socks and lace up their shoes at the start of each season. "If you didn't get the words, the face would talk to you," Odeke explained. "Are you mad? Are you crazy?" It was 10 years ago, at a basketball clinic in Uganda, when Odeke was exposed to certain Wooden life lessons for the first time: Don't mistake activity with achievement.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It came during a pause in the national anthem, loud and clear. “Fire D'Antoni!” was the yell from a single fan before the Lakers played Houston on Tuesday. Don't tell that to Steve Nash, who came to the defense of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni earlier in the day. “With the amount of injuries and the rebuilding and the evaluating different players, I don't know that any coach is going to be real successful this season,” Nash said. “John Wooden is not going to be dealt a great hand with all the change and injuries we've had. You look at it every week, someone else goes down.” The Lakers will take their time evaluating D'Antoni.
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October 10, 1994 | SUE REILLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
UCLA basketball coach emeritus John Wooden was informed by his 9-year-old granddaughter that her coach wanted grandpa to come and talk to the girl's elementary school basketball team. Wooden, who will celebrate his 84th birthday on Thursday, wanted to know whose idea it was. "Both (of ours)," she responded, "but I said I'd ask you because you couldn't turn me down." Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood, doesn't put up much of a defense when friends and family put the touch on him.
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December 25, 1988 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
Almost every morning, just as daylight begins to brighten the color of the leaves on the Eucalyptus trees lining the sidewalk closest to his front door, John Wooden sets out on a 5-mile walk. The route he takes is always the same: White Oak to Burbank, up Burbank to Balboa Park, through the park, up Balboa to Ventura and back home. He could probably walk his path with his eyes closed, because in 17 years, it has never varied.
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October 14, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
He will awaken today in a condominium where time has not budged for 27 years. There is shag carpet on the floor, crushed velvet furniture in the corners, his late wife Nell's enduring vision on walls filled with aging clocks and plates and photographs of men in basketball hot pants. He won't turn on his cell phone, because he doesn't have one. He won't jump on the Internet, because he doesn't own a computer. He will not watch the TV in his bedroom, because it hasn't worked for years.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Monday night's NCAA tournament final between Kentucky and Connecticut marks 50 seasons since UCLA's first basketball championship -- a title the Bruins might not have won if not for the cheerleaders. In his book, "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis recalls that UCLA was tied with Kansas State late in the 1963-64 semifinal when the cheerleaders finally showed up. Their connecting flight had been delayed by a Chicago snowstorm. How important were they? Two of the young women were dating starters.
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March 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Seven players have been selected as John R. Wooden Award winners for high school basketball as players of the year. They are Westchester's Elijah Stewart (City Section); Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson (Division I); St. John Bosco's Daniel Hamilton (Division II); Chaminade's Jack Williams (Division III); Bishop Montgomery's Justin Bibbins (Division IV); San Gabriel Academy's Marcus LoVett Jr. (Division V), and Trinity Classical Academy's Ryan Brooks (Division VI). They will be presented their awards on April 11 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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January 31, 2014 | By Allen Barra
In July 2009, a year before his death at age 99, John Wooden was named by the Sporting News as the top coach in the history of American sports. Not many argued with the selection. Over his 29-year career he won 664 of 826 games for a winning percentage of .804. From 1964 through 1975 his UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, and UCLA's games drew higher TV ratings than most NBA games. Surprising as it seems, Wooden, arguably the most influential coach in basketball history, has never had a definitive biography until now. In "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for CBS Sports, has written a virtual cutaway view of the history and evolution of basketball in the form of a biography.
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January 26, 2014 | McClatchy Newspapers
Tom Gola, a Philadelphia-born athlete once described by the late UCLA coach John Wooden as "the greatest all-around basketball player" he had ever seen, died Sunday at a care facility in Meadowbrook, Pa. He was 81. Gola had been convalescing since injuring his head in a 2003 fall from a Philadelphia curb. His wife Caroline confirmed his death to the Philadelphia Daily News. The square-jawed son of a Philadelphia policeman, Gola won championships at every level of basketball, coached a college team many consider to be the best in Philadelphia's history, and was elected to state and citywide offices.
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December 21, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The freshman-sophomore basketball team from Reseda Cleveland High is in a panic. It's their first home game, their friends are whooping at them from the creaky stands in the musty gym, and they can't find the basket. In their first four trips down the court against San Fernando High, they rush to the hoop and miss layups, their offense quickly dissolving into a chaotic blur. On the sideline, the kid coach with the oversized dark blue tie hanging between rolled-up light blue sleeves stares quietly at the court.
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December 19, 2013
Steve Alford opened his first news conference as UCLA basketball coach by saying taking the job was easy. "It goes back to four letters, U-C-L-A," Alford said. "I think if it is anywhere else, this is not a decision that would have been made. " Yet, what those four letters mean is open for interpretation as the NCAA championship banners in the Pauley Pavilion rafters continue to fade with age. UCLA was once prime real estate in the college basketball world. The Bruins have 11 national titles, 10 won by Coach John Wooden between 1964 and 1975.
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March 31, 1988 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
The rumors that had been circulating for months and escalating since UCLA was ousted from the Pacific 10 Conference tournament with a final season record of 16-14 came true Wednesday morning when Athletic Director Peter Dalis met with Walt Hazzard and relieved him of his duties as the UCLA basketball coach. Hazzard had been the Bruin coach for four years, longer than any of the four other coaches who followed Coach John Wooden.
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May 1, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
The phone rings in John Wooden's condo the other day and the answer machine responds. There is a sick feeling in Marc Dellins' stomach. He begins leaving a message on the machine stressing the importance and hope for a return call. Dellins is UCLA's sports information director, and he's calling because there is a rumor Wooden has passed.
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November 22, 2013 | By Meg James
Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger was honored with the UCLA Anderson School of Management John Wooden Global Leadership Award during an evening that celebrated impressive records. At the UCLA gala Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton, Iger's won-loss record was compared to that of the legendary UCLA basketball coach, who posted a 620-147 record in his 27 years at the helm. Since Iger took the reins of the Burbank entertainment giant in 2005, the value of Disney's stock has tripled.
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October 26, 2013 | David Wharton and Jerry Crowe
The Lakers had plenty of talent when Bill Sharman showed up as their new coach in the summer of 1971. The Hall of Fame lineup included a towering Wilt Chamberlain at center, flanked by Jerry West and Gail Goodrich. What the team lacked -- after years of close misses -- was a championship banner. A fiercely competitive Sharman changed that. "There's a right coach for the right team and the right personnel," West recalled. "And Bill was certainly the right coach for us. " Sharman -- who died Friday at 87 -- will be remembered as the man who molded the Lakers into an elite franchise, guiding the 1971-72 squad to a historic 33 consecutive victories and an NBA title, their first in Los Angeles.
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