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phlp_bj
06-03-2010, 08:12 PM
NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Former UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden was being treated Thursday at UCLA Medical Center, according to a broadcast report.

KCAL9/CBS2 reported that Wooden, 99, was in "grave" condition after being hospitalized Sunday and he has refused to eat for the past couple of days.

A UCLA spokesman could not immediately confirm the report.

Wooden, known as "The Wizard of Westwood," coached the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 NCAA championships in his last 12 seasons, winning a record seven consecutively from 1967 to 1973.

During his time at UCLA, Wooden provided guidance for future NBA talent such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Keith Wilkes, Sidney Wicks and Marques Johnson.

He was the first person to become a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. He amassed 620 victories and his teams won 19 conference championships during his tenure.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/ncaa/06/03/wooden.grave.condition/index.html?eref=sihp

RaptorizedKevin
06-03-2010, 08:13 PM
im deeply sorry. my condalances go out to his family. who is he though?

bigsams50
06-03-2010, 08:15 PM
^ Former UCLA coach. RIP. Man was a legend

AI4MVP
06-03-2010, 08:15 PM
im deeply sorry. my condalances go out to his family. who is he though?

seriously? are u ****ing kidding me? whos john wooden? only the greatest coach in basketball history.

this news makes me very very very sad. :( i love the game of basketball, and john wooden is one of the most important people in the history of this game.

Sixerlover
06-03-2010, 08:16 PM
John Wooden is a big part of the reason basketball is where it is now. He is a legend. I'd like to hear of his passing from a slightly more credible source before I RIP him.

RaptorizedKevin
06-03-2010, 08:17 PM
seriously? are u ****ing kidding me? whos john wooden? only the greatest coach in basketball history.

this news makes me very very very sad. :( i love the game of basketball, and john wooden is one of the most important people in the history of this game.

how do you expect a 16 year old to know this? are you ****ing kidding me?

AI4MVP
06-03-2010, 08:18 PM
John Wooden is a big part of the reason basketball is where it is now. He is a legend. I'd like to hear of his passing from a slightly more credible source before I RIP him.

yeah me too. ive researched it online and i having seen anything that he has officially passed

phlp_bj
06-03-2010, 08:20 PM
ya ill try to find a more credible source. my buddy just sent me this

AI4MVP
06-03-2010, 08:26 PM
how do you expect a 16 year old to know this? are you ****ing kidding me?

it doesnt matter how old u r. if ur a basketball fan, u shud know who john wooden is. 16 years old is plenty long enough to know who the Greatest Coach in Sports is

iggypop123
06-03-2010, 08:26 PM
credible sources say grave condition

-Kobe24-TJ19-
06-03-2010, 08:26 PM
hope this isn't true

JNA17
06-03-2010, 08:27 PM
damn. Almost made 100. :(

-Kobe24-TJ19-
06-03-2010, 08:27 PM
wow didn't know he's 99

phlp_bj
06-03-2010, 08:28 PM
credible sources say grave condition

ya i just heard that too. doesn't look good though. poor guy.

phlp_bj
06-03-2010, 08:30 PM
latest update:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/ncaa/06/03/wooden.grave.condition/index.html?eref=sihp

Venomous88
06-03-2010, 08:30 PM
Wow, this is horrible news. They were preparing for him to turn 100 this year and a huge celebration. Also, his great-grandson lives a floor above me and plays on the team, so I know this must be hard for him

AI4MVP
06-03-2010, 08:35 PM
These are the type of things that make us remember that even though we have our elligences to our respective teams, above all, we are basketball fans, and for any basketball fan this is terrible terrible terrible news.

whether he has already passed or not, its looking more and more realistic that if it hasnt happened already, that the time is near.

asandhu23
06-03-2010, 08:40 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/06/03/GA2010060304369.html

mikedesi1004
06-03-2010, 08:41 PM
rip mr wooden..greatest basketball coach EVER

SeoulBeatz
06-03-2010, 08:44 PM
Wow what a life. Much respect to Mr.Wooden.

i saw an interview of his just a few months ago and he was still talking like normal and he was fully aware of what was goin on in the NBA.

he lived a long and fullfilling life... RIP

DodgerBulls
06-03-2010, 09:09 PM
If there is a memorial at UCLA (most likely will), count me in.

igPay atinLay
06-03-2010, 09:10 PM
ya ill try to find a more credible source. my buddy just sent me this


Local news in LA reported he's in bad shape in UCLA Hospital but no report of him dead.

That was reported on KTLA a few minutes ago.



http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-john-wooden-hospitalized,0,4440872.story


Grave condition is what it says.

Venomous88
06-03-2010, 09:17 PM
O God, i posted RIP John Wooden on my facebook after reading this thread, and now everyone is re posting it including guys in his fraternity, athletes, etc.

igPay atinLay
06-03-2010, 09:23 PM
Good rule of thumb unless you see it on a credible website than don't trust it. The original poster used twitter not exactly credible....find it on a major news site or espn or assume its not true.

dnl123
06-03-2010, 09:25 PM
Good rule of thumb unless you see it on a credible website than don't trust it. The original poster used twitter not exactly credible....find it on a major news site or espn or assume its not true.

Especially with things involving death, it gets people worked up.

xBLAMEITON24x
06-03-2010, 09:43 PM
Horrible news, praying for him and his family

nuggetsyankees
06-03-2010, 10:05 PM
arguably the smartest coach of all-time

michelangelo
06-03-2010, 10:16 PM
He is the greatest figure in the history of basketball.

Agar81
06-03-2010, 10:25 PM
Adam_Schefter

RT @nancygay: Washington Post is retracting its report that John Wooden has died. He remains hospitalized in grave condition.

via Schefter's Twitter

D1JM
06-03-2010, 10:37 PM
he hasnt died

natelpete
06-03-2010, 10:39 PM
Not trying to be inconsiderate but why is everyone acting like this is out of nowhere?? He was 99 y/o. It's not like he was 40. It's probably better that he passes away instead suffering in a hospital.

ManRam
06-03-2010, 10:40 PM
The Washington Post article was a farce. Self-admitted.

He's still alive as far as the world is aware.

CAVS21
06-04-2010, 02:11 AM
awful news....sounds like it might be better if he gets to pass in peace then struggle in a hospital, either way its terrible

SugeKnight
06-04-2010, 02:15 AM
:(

MickeyMgl
06-04-2010, 02:45 AM
im deeply sorry. my condalances go out to his family. who is he though?

:facepalm:

Am I really that old?

Wooden is not only the greatest basketball coach of all-time, he was voted the greatest coach in any sport some years ago.

But calling him a coach does not do him justice. John Wooden is (was? :() one of the greatest *teachers* of all time. Listening to a John Wooden, one can feel himself getting smarter and wiser. Seriously, he's deep.

He's always been on my short list whenever I'm asked that "Who would you invite to a dinner party?" question. A great and wise man.

MickeyMgl
06-04-2010, 02:48 AM
Not trying to be inconsiderate but why is everyone acting like this is out of nowhere?? He was 99 y/o. It's not like he was 40. It's probably better that he passes away instead suffering in a hospital.

Based on his age, it's not a shocker. However, this is a person that was really fascinating to listen to, even in recent years. Still very sharp. It's not just a great coach who's on his death bed. It's a great *man*. That's always sad to lose, at any age.

BlueJayFanDan
06-04-2010, 03:01 AM
I keep seeing unreliable sources saying hes gone, however the better sources keep saying hes still alive. But some good sources say hes gone. And some bad sources say hes alive. I dunno what to think anymore.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
06-04-2010, 06:44 AM
While Wooden appears to be ill and in the hospital, rumors that he has died are inaccurate.

http://larrybrownsports.com/college-basketball/john-wooden-has-not-died-but-is-in-the-hospital/20069

todu82
06-04-2010, 08:45 AM
I've heard grave condition. whatever the case the guy is a legend in basketball. One of the greatest coaches all-time in sports.

Ragun
06-04-2010, 08:59 AM
wow...i cant believe ive never heard of him before. ive heard of a lot of other great coaches but not coach woodson.

krest213
06-04-2010, 09:28 AM
@ the age of 99...
i said the guy lives a pretty good life cycle.

AntiG
06-04-2010, 11:56 AM
ESPN: Wooden resting, hospitalized for dehydration.

rjvacad
06-04-2010, 12:23 PM
Quote:
A melancoly start to The Finals in LA, John Wooden has reportedly passed away at age 99.



http://twitter.com/PDcavsinsider

saddening news

for those of you who don't know john wooden
http://fcweb.sd36.bc.ca/schoolwebsites/georgesvanier-web/07A724DA-009867AD.12/wooden_trophies.jpg

Make him dead before he is, horrible thread.

MickeyMgl
06-04-2010, 05:53 PM
wow...i cant believe ive never heard of him before. ive heard of a lot of other great coaches but not coach woodson.

:facepalm:

goldenstater
06-04-2010, 06:33 PM
damn. Almost made 100. :(

i was thinking the same thing. i am sad about this one it will be a huge loss to the basketball world kind of like. i think the same way for baseball when willie mays dies. living legends.

njnets
06-04-2010, 08:48 PM
i think anyone who does not know of john wooden should be banned. and i am being a little facitious here but also i think this should be considered. he is one of the best coaches ever in all sports, if not the best. he won countless number of titles at UCLA. coached jabbar. and thats just some stuff off of the top of my head in about a minute.

this is a SPORTS forum people. make sure you know the sports before you start talking about it. this is why there are so many immature posters. you have to learn the history of the sport in order to appreciate it in its entirety.

with that being said, i hope wooden feels better and makes it to triple digits. he is a great man who everyone should listen to and learn from.

phlp_bj
06-04-2010, 10:25 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Former UCLA basketball coach and Hall of Famer John Wooden died of natural causes on Friday at age 99, the school announced.

Little had been released regarding his condition.

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."

Wilkes teamed with Bill Walton to help UCLA win NCAA titles in 1972 and '73. He was part of UCLA's record 88-game winning streak under Wooden.

Besides his grown son and daughter and other family members, Wilkes said Wooden has had several visitors since being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on May 26, including Walton.

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/news/story?id=5253601

he has died. r.i.p to a great man, coach

michelangelo
06-04-2010, 10:48 PM
The greatest of all time.

AntiG
06-04-2010, 10:51 PM
R.i.P.

shep33
06-04-2010, 11:09 PM
R.i.p.

AI4MVP
06-04-2010, 11:12 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/news/story?id=5253601


LOS ANGELES -- John Wooden, college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever, has died. He was 99.

Very very sad day for any basketball fan! RIP Coach!! We love you!

Kakaroach
06-04-2010, 11:13 PM
RIP to one of the best coaches to ever live. You will be missed.

AI4MVP
06-04-2010, 11:17 PM
ok ANYONE WHO IS NOT SAD RIGHT NOW IS JUST NOT A BASKETBALLL FAN!!! IF YOU ARE A BASKETBALL FAN, THERE IS NO WAY U CAN NOT BE SAD!! John Wooden is one of the most influencial people in the history of basketball and is THE GREATEST SPORTS COACH OF ALL TIME! R.I.P. John Wooden!!!!!!

still1ballin
06-04-2010, 11:18 PM
Very sad to hear

j-bay
06-04-2010, 11:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yH68FuKeN8
nice video

avrpatsfan
06-04-2010, 11:22 PM
RIP. What a classy guy. He's in the basketball hall of fame.

boriquaabe
06-04-2010, 11:40 PM
ok ANYONE WHO IS NOT SAD RIGHT NOW IS JUST NOT A BASKETBALLL FAN!!! IF YOU ARE A BASKETBALL FAN, THERE IS NO WAY U CAN NOT BE SAD!! John Wooden is one of the most influencial people in the history of basketball and is THE GREATEST SPORTS COACH OF ALL TIME! R.I.P. John Wooden!!!!!!

I'm not sad. The guy lived a great life and to the fantastic age of 99! What a life. WHy be sad? Death doesn't have to be a sad thing. In many other cultures it isn't. He left a terrific legacy. He changed the game and was pure class. WHat a life. we should all be so lucky. Thinking about him makes me smile.

AI4MVP
06-04-2010, 11:42 PM
I'm not sad. The guy lived a great life and to the fantastic age of 99! What a life. WHy be sad? Death doesn't have to be a sad thing. In many other cultures it isn't. He left a terrific legacy. He changed the game and was pure class. WHat a life. we should all be so lucky. Thinking about him makes me smile.

i just cant think of a basketball season going by with John Wooden not alive

boriquaabe
06-04-2010, 11:52 PM
i just cant think of a basketball season going by with John Wooden not alive

He was 99 surely you didn't expect him to live much longer?

Look at this way in spirit he will always be with us basketball fans.

Venomous88
06-05-2010, 12:00 AM
great article on him, and UCLA had a great turnout for him in front of the hospital

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ys-woodenobit060410

jiggin
06-05-2010, 12:08 AM
wow very sad. He is coaching that basketball team heaven has put together for sure...what a great coach and guy he was.

sad to hear...rest in peace sir.

goldenstater
06-05-2010, 12:16 AM
A far better man than a coach and as a coach he was the greatest. Lived a great and fulfilling life, we should be so lucky to achieve that.

Bruno
06-05-2010, 12:27 AM
RIP John Wooden. One of the greatest basketball minds ever. A true class act.

J4KOP99
06-05-2010, 03:08 AM
By just referring to him as a basketball coach, you are not giving him enough credit.


I would have loved the chance to meet coach Wooden and everything I have ever heard about him has been incredible. If you guys have the chance, try to find some interviews with Bill Walton when he talks about coach Wooden and UCLA, the way Wooden taught was unlike any other.

MickeyMgl
06-05-2010, 07:00 AM
By just referring to him as a basketball coach, you are not giving him enough credit.


That's what I've been saying. Calling him "basketball coach" doesn't do the man justice. I encourage those who are unfamiliar with John Wooden to look up interviews of him, and stuff he's written. Lessons for life.

Mplsman
06-05-2010, 08:19 AM
R.I.P to the legend John Wooden.

j-bay
06-05-2010, 12:09 PM
[QUOTE=boriquaabe;13553736]He was 99 surely you didn't expect him to live much longer?

i at least would have loved to see him live one more year

njnets
06-05-2010, 01:52 PM
rip john wooden. one of the greatest coaches and intellectuals in all sports, but most of all, he was a great human being.

socalpkrbkr
06-05-2010, 02:02 PM
For those of you that don't know who he is or what he accomplished as a coach just look at his wiki page.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wooden

He wasn't scared of death anymore. He lived a long and glorious life and he'll now be able to be with his lost love Nellie.

A great, great man and teacher. UCLA is, John Wooden.

R.I.P. Coach

LOVE

Mplsman
06-05-2010, 05:42 PM
I can't believe he made it to 99 with all those years of coaching stress. I guess winning as much as he did balanced it out.

Game_Over
06-06-2010, 02:54 AM
I don't know if anyone posted this before but I remember seeing this clip on ESPN a few months ago and thought what a class act, this was a great man..

Enjoy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tySxPue9Dmw

Mplsman
06-06-2010, 03:27 AM
10 national titles? Can you accomplish anymore in a lifetime? He lived a great life.

zadora5
06-07-2010, 12:23 PM
that man right there at the age of 99 to fight in the hospital at that age, is blue collared