Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with trainer John wood, some of the most enduring and significant relationships in activities history.
When destiny NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used to be nonetheless an 18-year-old highschool basketball prospect from ny urban named Lew Alcindor, he approved a scholarship from UCLA principally at the power of trainer John Wooden's recognition as a winner. It became out to be the suitable selection, as Alcindor and his teammates gained an unheard of 3 NCAA championship titles. however it additionally marked the start of 1 of the main impressive and enduring friendships within the historical past of activities. In trainer wood AND ME, Abdul-Jabbar finds the inspirational tale of ways his bond with John wood advanced from a history-making coach-player mentorship right into a deep and actual friendship that transcended activities, formed the process either men's lives, and lasted for part a century.
COACH wood AND ME is a stirring tribute to the delicate yet profound impression that wood had on Kareem as a participant, after which as somebody, as they started to percentage their cultural, spiritual, and relatives values whereas dealing with a few of life's largest stumbling blocks. From his first day of perform, while the gamers have been taught the significance of placing on their athletic socks safely, to progressively soaking up the elegant knowledge of trainer Wooden's now recognized "Pyramid of Success"; to studying to deal with the grotesque racism that faced black athletes in the course of the turbulent Civil Rights period in addition to wasting family, Abdul-Jabbar fondly remembers how trainer Wooden's fatherly tips not just lead the way for his unequalled expert good fortune but additionally made attainable a life of own fulfillment.
Full of intimate, never-before-published info and brought with the heat and erudition of a thankful pupil who has realized his classes good, trainer wood AND ME is immediately a party of the original philosophical outlook of school basketball's so much storied trainer and a relocating testomony to the all-conquering energy of friendship.

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