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Saturday, June 5, 2010
John Wooden passes

By Brian Kamenetzky

"We learned all about those aspects of life that most kids want to skip over. He wouldn't let us do that."

--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on John Wooden

My son is just over five months old. I hope one day he might say something similar about me. Or even that he knew I tried.

There are, as you might expect, some very moving stories of and tributes to Coach Wooden appearing across the web tonight:

-William Nack, ESPN.com
-Jon Weisman, DodgerThoughts
-T.J. Simers, LA Times
-Bill Plaschke, LA Times
-Eric Neel, ESPN.com (from 2005)
-Kareem, speaking at a plaque dedication ceremony for Wooden in 2008

Here's a great one, too, from legendary Times columnist Jim Murray, originally appearing August 10, 1972.

Leave more in the comments section as you find them.