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Saturday, June 5, 2010
Politicians praise Wooden's influence

By Diamond Leung

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Coach Wooden was more than a Hall of Fame basketball player and coach; he was an incredible man whose dedication and leadership on the court inspired generations of Californians. He meant so much to Los Angeles, California and the entire basketball community around the world. Maria and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones as they remember the extraordinary life of this coaching legend."

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from his Facebook page: "As a Bruin, a basketball fan, and an Angeleno, I am extremely saddened by the news of legendary coach John Wooden's passing. Coach Wooden had a profound effect not only on the players he coached, but on everyone he came in contact with. His wisdom was legendary, his values unimpeachable, and his love of the game of basketball was unparalleled. He will truly be missed."

Sarah Palin and husband Todd from their Facebook page: "You are God’s gift to those who recognize value in life lessons learned in the arena of competition. In the midst of all your success on the parquet you’ve reminded us what really matters. You remind us to be courageous and optimistic and prepared ... Thanks for teaching us: "Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts."

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: "UCLA and Los Angeles have lost an icon, and our nation has lost one of its greatest citizens. Coach John Wooden is gone, but his legend lives on. The collective loss we feel is tempered by the privilege we all had to have lived in his presence."