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A provocative and revelatory new biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by one of Americas top college basketball writers

No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like John Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and 70s capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his “Pyramid of Success.”

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports has written the definitive biography of Wooden, an unflinching portrait that draws on archival research and more than two hundred interviews with players, opponents, coaches, and even Wooden himself. Davis shows how hard Wooden strove for success, from his All-American playing days at Purdue through his early years as a high school and college coach to the glory days at UCLA, only to discover that reaching new heights brought new burdens and frustrations. Davis also reveals how at the pinnacle of his career Wooden found himself on questionable ground with alumni, referees, assistants, and even some of his players. His was a life not only of lessons taught, but also of lessons learned.

Woven into the story as well are the players who powered Woodens championship teams - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Walt Hazzard, and others - many of whom speak frankly about their coach. The portrait that emerges from Daviss remarkable biography is of a man in full, whose life story still resonates today.

Review:

"Wooden, who coached the UCLA men's basketball team to 10 NCAA championships in the 1960s and '70s, is a more supple and conflicted man than his oaken reputation suggested, according to this probing biography. In this hefty but well-paced account, Sports Illustrated scribe Davis (When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball) provides entertaining play-by-play and color commentary on Wooden's dynasty-building, key games, and the grueling, authoritarian methods — players were even instructed on the correct technique for donning shoes and socks — he used to impart his innovative fast-break system. Davis also unearths the nasty competitive streak beneath Wooden's saintly image, and shows how his old-school creed of hard work, clean living, and gentlemanly deportment warped under the pressure of high-profile competition and Vietnam-era nonconformism, forcing him to bend the rules for indispensable players and tolerate the influence of a seamy booster. Woven through the narrative is the usual psychodrama that basketball seems to incubate more than any other sport — capped by a shrieking Wooden rage at a showering player — and vivid depictions of Wooden's complex relationships with superstars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. As Wooden's rock-ribbed principles confront chaotic times and compromising circumstances, Davis paints an unusually rich and illuminating portrait of the coaching mission. Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Seth Davis is the author of the New York Times bestseller When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball and the memoir Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp. In 1995, he joined the staff of Sports Illustrated, where he is currently a senior writer. He is also an on-air studio analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network during coverage of college basketball and the NCAA tournament. A graduate of Duke University, he lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: The Den     1

Part One: Spring


     1. Hugh     7


     2. The Artesians     15


     3. Nell     24


     4. Piggy     31


     5. Johnny Wooden, All-American     43


     6. An English Teacher     52


     7. The Kautskys     68


     8. The Hurryin Sycamores     79


     9. Clarence     89

Part Two: Summer


     10. Unwelcome     105


     11. The Nonconformist     118


     12. L.A. Story     127


     13. Willie the Whale     135


     14. The Dons     145


     15. Pete     154


     16. Walt     172


     17. “Dont Be a Homer!”     188


     18. Gail     197


     19. Perfect     211



Part Three: Autumn


     20. J. D.     233


     21. Lewis     242


     22. Stallball     256


     23. Game of the Century     275


     24. Kareem     298


     25. The Last Banquet     320


     26. The Redhead     338


     27. Sam     356


     28. Streaking     380


     29. Intolerable     399


     30. Farewell     420



Part Four: Winter


     31. Clean Gene     445


     32. The Shadow     459


     33. The Hardest Loss     477


     34. Andy     489


     35. Yonder     505

Epilogue: The Poet     516


John Woodens Coaching Record, 1946-1975     526


Notes     527


Acknowledgments     565


Index     569

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805092806
Subtitle:
A Coach's Life
Author:
Davis, Seth
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Basketball Coaching
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Coaching - Basketball
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20150113
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15-20 bandw photos for 8pp insert
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wooden, who coached the UCLA men's basketball team to 10 NCAA championships in the 1960s and '70s, is a more supple and conflicted man than his oaken reputation suggested, according to this probing biography. In this hefty but well-paced account, Sports Illustrated scribe Davis (When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball) provides entertaining play-by-play and color commentary on Wooden's dynasty-building, key games, and the grueling, authoritarian methods — players were even instructed on the correct technique for donning shoes and socks — he used to impart his innovative fast-break system. Davis also unearths the nasty competitive streak beneath Wooden's saintly image, and shows how his old-school creed of hard work, clean living, and gentlemanly deportment warped under the pressure of high-profile competition and Vietnam-era nonconformism, forcing him to bend the rules for indispensable players and tolerate the influence of a seamy booster. Woven through the narrative is the usual psychodrama that basketball seems to incubate more than any other sport — capped by a shrieking Wooden rage at a showering player — and vivid depictions of Wooden's complex relationships with superstars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. As Wooden's rock-ribbed principles confront chaotic times and compromising circumstances, Davis paints an unusually rich and illuminating portrait of the coaching mission. Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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