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June 13, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Of the untold number of deep relationships forged between John Wooden and his players, his friendship with former center Swen Nater stood out. Theirs was a friendship not just of respect and reverence, but also of rhyme. During the last dozen years, Nater sent his coach roughly 120 poems he composed, most of which were inspired by something Wooden had taught him at UCLA. "You try to give back to a teacher if you can," said Nater, 60, now a Costco executive. "He gave you so much, and it's difficult for a student to give back to a teacher.
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June 13, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Of the untold number of deep relationships forged between John Wooden and his players, his friendship with former center Swen Nater stood out. Theirs was a friendship not just of respect and reverence, but also of rhyme. During the last dozen years, Nater sent his coach roughly 120 poems he composed, most of which were inspired by something Wooden had taught him at UCLA. "You try to give back to a teacher if you can," said Nater, 60, now a Costco executive. "He gave you so much, and it's difficult for a student to give back to a teacher.
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December 17, 1988 | RICK HAZELTINE
Swen Nater found out early that life was a lot tougher than making a hook shot or battling Bill Walton for a rebound. Perhaps that's why Nater never seemed concerned that his goal of playing professional basketball was too high, even though he didn't play the sport in high school or start against a Division I team while at UCLA. If there is one thing Nater never lacked, it was confidence. He knew that one day, if he played against the best and was coached by the best, he would make it.
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April 17, 1991 | DANA HADDAD
Point Loma Nazarene has an unusual formula for winning championships: Lose your best player, then close ranks. It worked in women's basketball when Shannon Abrams broke her hand at midseason and the Crusaders went on a winning streak that led to the Golden State Athletic Conference championship. It also happened in men's tennis when Hans Hoegstedt, PLNC's No. 1 singles player the past three years, suffered a stress fracture in the femur of his right leg in November.
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January 8, 1991 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Eric Pauley went looking for a community college where he could continue his basketball career, he picked Cypress College in part because of its location. It's about four miles from his Anaheim home. But to basketball fans, another reason for his selection seemed more obvious. At 6-feet-10 and 215 pounds, Pauley qualifies as a big man, and Cypress is the place to go if you're tall. Just ask 7-foot-1 Jim Waikle and 7-foot Don Peck, who also play for the Chargers.
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June 20, 1989
Swen Nater was named Monday as the Christian Heritage College athletic director. Nater also serves as the school's basketball coach. The college also announced that it will field a women's volleyball team this fall, which will compete in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Assn. for one year and then move into the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tracy Shrock and Debbie Katen were named as co-head coaches of the volleyball team. Scholarships are available.
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August 31, 1985
Do the Lakers really need another power forward? And in Maurice Lucas, an aging, overpriced and injury ridden one at that. It seems to me that in letting Bob McAdoo go in favor of Lucas, they've exchanged a thoroughbred for a Clydesdale. Have the Lakers already forgotten Swen Nater's and Dwight Jones' pitiful attempts to keep up with their flying teammates. FRANK MALFITANO Los Angeles
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October 30, 1986 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Swen Nater, who used to play basketball for the Clippers and the Lakers, plays now for Christ. "I became a Christian when I was 15 years old, but for about 10 years you wouldn't have known I was a Christian at all," Nater said. "Then when I was with the Buffalo Braves, I was really going down. I was getting into drugs and everything. All of a sudden in a hotel room, I just couldn't turn on the TV. I was in Denver with the Buffalo Braves in January of 1978.
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April 17, 1991 | DANA HADDAD
Point Loma Nazarene has an unusual formula for winning championships: Lose your best player, then close ranks. It worked in women's basketball when Shannon Abrams broke her hand at midseason and the Crusaders went on a winning streak that led to the Golden State Athletic Conference championship. It also happened in men's tennis when Hans Hoegstedt, PLNC's No. 1 singles player the past three years, suffered a stress fracture in the femur of his right leg in November.
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January 8, 1991 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Eric Pauley went looking for a community college where he could continue his basketball career, he picked Cypress College in part because of its location. It's about four miles from his Anaheim home. But to basketball fans, another reason for his selection seemed more obvious. At 6-feet-10 and 215 pounds, Pauley qualifies as a big man, and Cypress is the place to go if you're tall. Just ask 7-foot-1 Jim Waikle and 7-foot Don Peck, who also play for the Chargers.
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June 20, 1989
Swen Nater was named Monday as the Christian Heritage College athletic director. Nater also serves as the school's basketball coach. The college also announced that it will field a women's volleyball team this fall, which will compete in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Assn. for one year and then move into the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tracy Shrock and Debbie Katen were named as co-head coaches of the volleyball team. Scholarships are available.
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December 17, 1988 | RICK HAZELTINE
Swen Nater found out early that life was a lot tougher than making a hook shot or battling Bill Walton for a rebound. Perhaps that's why Nater never seemed concerned that his goal of playing professional basketball was too high, even though he didn't play the sport in high school or start against a Division I team while at UCLA. If there is one thing Nater never lacked, it was confidence. He knew that one day, if he played against the best and was coached by the best, he would make it.
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October 30, 1986 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Swen Nater, who used to play basketball for the Clippers and the Lakers, plays now for Christ. "I became a Christian when I was 15 years old, but for about 10 years you wouldn't have known I was a Christian at all," Nater said. "Then when I was with the Buffalo Braves, I was really going down. I was getting into drugs and everything. All of a sudden in a hotel room, I just couldn't turn on the TV. I was in Denver with the Buffalo Braves in January of 1978.
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August 31, 1985
Do the Lakers really need another power forward? And in Maurice Lucas, an aging, overpriced and injury ridden one at that. It seems to me that in letting Bob McAdoo go in favor of Lucas, they've exchanged a thoroughbred for a Clydesdale. Have the Lakers already forgotten Swen Nater's and Dwight Jones' pitiful attempts to keep up with their flying teammates. FRANK MALFITANO Los Angeles
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October 25, 1994
Bill Walton, George Gervin, Rick Barry and Artis Gilmore are among the athletes scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Sunday in the "Blast From the Past" Basketball Classic at The Pond of Anaheim. Other players scheduled to appear are Marques Johnson, David Greenwood, Reggie Theus, Sidney Green, Sidney Wicks and Swen Nater. The halftime show will feature The Famous Chicken. Tickets, priced at $9, $15 and $25, are on sale at The Pond box office and Ticketmaster.
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October 14, 1985 | SAM McMANIS
The Lakers and Clippers meet for the only time during the National Basketball Assn. exhibition season tonight at 7:30 at the Sports Arena. While the Lakers have won two of their three exhibition games, the Clippers have won only two of five. After tonight's game, the Lakers play the Boston Celtics at the Forum Thursday and Saturday, and the Clippers play Golden State Thursday in Salinas and at Portland Saturday to close out the exhibition season.
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