John Wooden hospitalized

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» Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:49 pm
From ESPN:

LOS ANGELES -- Former UCLA basketball coach and Hall of Famer John Wooden has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, according to Bill Walton.

The former UCLA star said Thursday night that the 99-year-old Wooden was at UCLA Medical Center, where Walton last visited with him two days ago.

Walton spoke at the NBA Finals, where he declined to comment on Wooden's condition.

"He's the greatest," said Walton, his voice catching, according to the Associated Press. "We love him."

Television station KCAL in Los Angeles first reported Wooden's hospitalization, and the Los Angeles Times confirmed it through school sources. Both outlets described his condition as "grave."

The former UCLA coach and Hall of Famer has been confined to a wheelchair after a series of minor health setbacks in recent years. He was hospitalized briefly a month ago and spent weeks in the hospital a year ago being treated for pneumonia.

UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins told the AP he spoke to a Wooden family member Thursday evening and the family asked that no other information about Wooden be released.

UCLA Medical Center spokeswoman Roxanne Moster said she couldn't confirm whether Wooden was there or not because it would be a "violation of medical privacy laws."

Family members couldn't be reached for comment Thursday by the AP.

Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships -- at one time winning seven in a row -- during a 27-year run that ended with his team cutting down the nets one last time in 1975.

The Bruins won 88 consecutive games from 1971-74 and 38 consecutive NCAA tournament games from 1964-74, both records.

NBA commissioner David Stern was asked about Wooden's contributions to the sport of basketball before Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

"We decided that we would not declare his obituary now, other than to say that he's the winningest coach in our history, four 30-0 seasons, and the ultimate aficionado of our game," Stern said. "We hope he's in peace right now, and we'll wait on events."
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» Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:44 pm
Wooden has passed away.

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» Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:07 pm
yes, RIP. Pretty much next to impossible we will ever see the level of success at the collegiate level.

88 consecutive games, 38 straight tourney games, 7 NCAA championships in a row!!!!! WOW

granted the landscape is very different now but that is just REMARKABLE.

I remember very faintly the UCLA hype. I was born and raised in LA and my father has just graduated UCLA law school when I was born in 1970 right before they started their crazy 88 games a row.
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» Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:20 pm
He was before my time but I still knew of him. It's always sad to me when a sports legend passes on.

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» Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:39 am
UCLA dynasty for life!

RIP John Wooden.
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» Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:03 am
Never actually saw those UCLA teams (only highlights), but he certainly left his mark not only in that program, but in the whole NCAA bball landscape. The whole bball landscape, actually.


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» Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:04 pm
John Wooden quote that I constantly thought about as a child “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”


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