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Kareem and John Wooden

Kareem and John Wooden

John Wooden led the University of California, Los Angeles, to 10 national titles in a 12-season stretch from 1964 to 1975. But to many of his former players, Mr. Wooden, who died in 2010, was more than a winning coach — he was an exemplary man. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose new book “Coach Wooden and Me,” chronicles their relationship, first as player and coach, then as lifelong friends. When the pair met in 1965, they could scarcely have seemed more different: Mr. Wooden a 55-year-old, 5-foot-10, white Hoosier, and Lew Alcindor — who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — an 18-year-old, 7-foot-2, black New Yorker. But the partnership thrived, and over time the player grew to see in the coach’s example of humility, selflessness and hard work a template for how to live. For his part, Mr. Wooden once called Mr. Abdul-Jabbar “the most valuable player in the history of the game.”

 

From “California Today” by Julie Bloom for the New York Times; Photo from 1969 via AP

 

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How to Make An Aged Barrel Negroni

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The Petoskey Stones of Michigan

The Petoskey Stones of Michigan