John Woodens Influence On Basketball

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Legendary UCLA head basketball coach John Wooden has died. The 99 year old was well known for his legacy as the UCLA Bruins head basketball coach. His impact was remarkable considering how many people and players he touched during his basketball career.

Wooden was and always will be basketball. When anyone mentioned any reference to greatness in the sport, John Wooden was the first to come to mind. For many years, Wooden led UCLA to National Titles and produced players that went on to bigger and better things.

John Wooden was 99 years old. TMZ reported that John Wooden had passed around 1 hour ago on June 4, 2010. Wooden collected 10 National Titles with UCLA in the 1960's and 1970's. He coached greats like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton. You can read more on the TMZ story here.
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It has always been my opinion that Dean Smith of North Carolina with his "four corners" offense so much of the time did more for the NCAA's introduction of the shot clock than anyone else. There was a game between UNC and Virginia in the Ralph Sampson era in which the halftime score was something like 13-8 and ended with UNC winning 47-45.

The essence of the John Wooden philosophy was my favorite John Wooden quote. "Be quick, but don't hurry." Short, concise and to the point. You see, when we hurry we are much more prone to make mistakes and John Wooden understood that. "If you don't have time to do it right, how will you find the time to do it over?" was another Woodenism.

John Wooden had a book called Be Quick, But Don't Hurry. My copy is on order from Amazon. In spite of all his NCAA championship rings, John Wooden seemed more concerned with the way he lived his life and equally concerned with the development of his players off the basketball

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