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Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

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When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from New York City named Lew Alcindor, he accepted a scholarship from UCLA largely on the strength of Coach John Wooden's reputation as a winner. It turned out to be the right choi...ce, as Alcindor and his teammates won an unprecedented three NCAA championship titles. But it also marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary and enduring friendships in the history of sports. In COACH WOODEN AND ME, Abdul-Jabbar reveals the inspirational story of how his bond with John Wooden evolved from a history-making coach-player mentorship into a deep and genuine friendship that transcended sports, shaped the course of both men's lives, and lasted for half a century.COACH WOODEN AND ME is a stirring tribute to the subtle but profound influence that Wooden had on Kareem as a player, and then as a person, as they began to share their cultural, religious, and family values while facing some of life's biggest obstacles. From his first day of practice, when the players were taught the importance of putting on their athletic socks properly, to gradually absorbing the sublime wisdom of Coach Wooden's now famous Pyramid of Success ; to learning to cope with the ugly racism that confronted black athletes during the turbulent Civil Rights era as well as losing loved ones, Abdul-Jabbar fondly recalls how Coach Wooden's fatherly guidance not only paved the way for his unmatched professional success but also made possible a lifetime of personal fulfillment.Full of intimate, never-before-published details and delivered with the warmth and erudition of a grateful student who has learned his lessons well, COACH WOODEN AND ME is at once a celebration of the unique philosophical outlook of college basketball's most storied coach and a moving testament to the all-conquering power of friendship.
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ISBN 9781455542260
Released NZ 26 Jun 2018
Publisher Little, Brown
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781455542260
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Little, Brown
Imprint Grand Central Publishing
Released 26 Jun 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Category Basketball
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 143mm
Height: 212mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 796.323092273
Weight 284g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Coach-athlete relationships - United States, Basketball coaches - Biography - United States, Large type books, African American basketball players, Basketball
NBS Text Ball Games: Court & Indoor
ONIX Text General/trade

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