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Rick Reilly Remembers John Wooden

June 17, 2010

ESPN.com writer Rick Reilly filmed the above four-minute video near the end of 2009 when legendary basketball coach John Wooden was ninety-nine years old. Wooden was revered as much, if not more, for his greatness as a human being as for his basketball career.

After Wooden died on June 4, 2010, Reilly wrote this poignant tribute for ESPN.com:


John Wooden

The awful thing about knowing John Wooden was that when you left him, you realized how weak you were as a man.

Every time I left his little 700-square-foot condo in Encino, Calif., full of books and learning and morals, it would hit me how far short of him I fell.

He made me want to be (more…)