My Personal Story About Coach John Wooden

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Some lives are so extraordinary and touch so many people that their story must be told to generations to come so those values aren’t diminished or lost altogether.

From the first day of my freshman year until the last practice of my senior year, we ran,” Abdul-Jabbar writes. “And then ran some more. There were no shortcuts in John Wooden’s basketball program. You did it until you did it right, and then you did it again. The basic philosophy that I learned on those long afternoons enabled me to extend my professional career to twenty years, longer than any other player.

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