Coach Wooden And Me Analysis

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Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court | Conversation Starters

When NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first visited UCLA to meet the man who would be the greatest coach in American history, Coach John Wooden, he was taken aback by the man’s attention to his grades rather than to his high school basketball record. Having the best record for a prospective college player, Abdul-Jabbar was confident the Coach would be impressed. But the 18 year old cocky kid from New York got his first lesson from the Coach who would be his mentor and friend for the rest of his life: “basketball is temporary, but knowledge is forever.”

That was the beginning of a coach-player mentorship that blossomed into a 50-year

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