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Monday, June 7, 2010
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Publisher says Wooden OK'd memoir

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A book on the life of John Wooden that he had been working on in recent months will be released in early July.

Lydia Rinaldi of publisher McGraw-Hill said Monday that "The Wisdom of Wooden: A Century of Family, Faith and Friends" is filled with Wooden's personal memories and some never-before-seen color photos.

Wooden died Friday in Los Angeles at 99.

Rinaldi says Wooden's longtime collaborator Steve Jamison read the completed book to Wooden in the hospital. She says that despite being physically frail, Wooden was completely involved in choosing the photos and the text.

Wooden was a prolific author after retiring in 1975 as basketball coach at UCLA, where his teams won a record 10 NCAA national titles. He published seven books with McGraw-Hill.