Jun 6, 2010
The passing of John Wooden at the age of 99 has left a huge void in the world of sports. Beyond being a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (class of 1961) and as a coach (class of 1973), “the Wizard of Westwood” won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while at UCLA . This remains unmatched – any likely never will be matched - by any other college basketball coach.
But all who knew him knew him as a teacher, a motivator and a sage. John Wooden's “Seven Point Creed”, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school, which he kept in his wallet at all times were:
Wooden also has authored a lecture and a book about the “Pyramid of Success”. The Pyramid of Success consists of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life.
While it has nothing to do with the late Coach or basketball, the aptly titled “The Wizard” by Bill Frisell from his Disfarmer CD seems an appropraite song for the day. The recording features Frisell on electric and acoustic guitars, loops, music boxes; Greg Liesz:on steel guitars and mandolin; Jenny Scheinman on violin; and Viktor Krauss filling the bottom on bass.