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UCLA Legend John Wooden Dies

6/4/2010 11:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Wooden, the most successful basketball coach in NCAA history, died of natural causes today ... he was 99 years old.

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Wooden won 10 national championships at UCLA in the '60s and '70s -- more than earning his legendary nickname, the Wizard of Westwood.

University officials said Wooden died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he had been hospitalized since last week.

Wooden coached future Hall of Fame players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton -- and his Bruins teams are recognized as one of sport's greatest dynasties.  He won 7 NCAA Championships in a row from 1967 to 1973.
 
The Wizard is in the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach.

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James    

RIP - respect!

1540 days ago
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mamajj    

He inspired many generations. RIP sir.

1540 days ago
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Chia    

Rest in Peace Coach Wooden.



Very sad loss. Truly a great man who believed in people.

1540 days ago
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bsme    

The greatest coach / man in a long time. All should strive to live the a life like Wooden. His pyramid is what life should be about.

1540 days ago
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Dan    

RIP John Wooden.. You were a class act on and off the baskeball court. 10 Championships, 88 game winning streak, highest graduation grate of any coach, and winningest percentage in college ball. Dated only one woman in his life, who became his wife, and was married to for over 50 years.



Peace John Wooden

1540 days ago
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Tara    

My thoughts are with his family. He is with Nellie now.
Rest in Peace Mr. Wooden.

1540 days ago
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Chia    

For those who might not know Coach Wooden, here is an interview from ESPN (TMZ, not sure if this is allowed, I am posting out of respect for the man, not disrespect of your site):
http://espn.go.com/page2/s/questions/wooden.html

1540 days ago
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ed karim    

I became a basketball coach because of him! I was lucky enough to meet him and he was kind enough to signed 3 pictures for my kids including the pyramid of success!

1540 days ago
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Hamburger    

RIP John Wooden! He's the epitome of class act and will be forever missed!

1540 days ago
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Rob    

John Wooden is the greatest recruiter and coach ever. His best accomplishments weren't on the court, they were how he lead his life, and helped others.



Basketball and Sports, lost their greatest contributor today.



RIP John Wooden

1540 days ago
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Cairo    

We have lost a National Treasure today.
Thank you Coach Wooden for all that you accomplished on the court and off. Passion, commitment, integrity and class...what a great legacy and example. Maybe we will all learn from the Wizard.
RIP

1540 days ago
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KIMNFILM    

Shocking, stop the press news, a 99 year old man dies of Natural Causes. GASP!!!!

1540 days ago
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Ace    

Sad to hear that Coach Wooden has left us. We will remember (http://www.ucubd.com/mashups/Wooden_Dies_At_99_-_ESPN_Video_2428.html) and learn from what he taught us.

1540 days ago
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Flake    

John Wooden, you will be dearly missed. A true American legend. I met Mr. Wooden years ago and it was truly a honor I will never forget.



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Big Mamma Cornbread    

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