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Basketball world reacts to Wooden

Magic, Kobe and Doc Rivers among those offering thoughts on legendary coach

Updated: June 4, 2010, 11:57 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- There was a game played here Thursday night, but there was a sadness in the building.

Whether they had heard before the Lakers and Celtics opened the NBA Finals at Staples Center that legendary UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden was in the hospital, gravely ill, those who had known him, loved him or simply respected him from afar reacted to the news with great emotion: sadness at the news, and gratitude and appreciation for all that Wooden meant to them.

"He's a ...

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