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Friday, June 4, 2010
Legendary coach John Wooden dies

By ESPN.com staff

John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach that led the Bruins to 10 national championships, died Friday. He was 99. EspnLosAngeles.com has this obituary on the revered, Hall of Fame coach:
With his signature rolled-up game program in hand, Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships, including an unmatched streak of seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.

Over 27 years, he won 620 games, including 88 straight during one historic stretch, and coached many of the game's greatest players such as Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor -- later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

As a coach, he was groundbreaking trendsetter who demanded his players be in great condition so they could play an up-tempo style not well-known on the West Coast at the time.

But the Wizard's legacy extended well beyond that.