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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar memorializes the great John Wooden in 'Coach Wooden and Me'

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar memorializes the great John Wooden in 'Coach Wooden and Me'

Lew Alcindor had his pick of colleges as a senior at Power Memorial Academy in New York in 1965. One of the most sought-after high school basketball players in history wanted a school where students were respected, where his growing sense of social activism could be nourished and, of course, a place where his already vast skills on the court could be refined and taken to a singular level.

He decided that UCLA and, particularly, coach John Wooden were the right fit. His relationship with Wooden, the most successful college basketball coach in history, became almost life-defining for the young student who would convert to Orthodox Islam in 1968 and change his name to Kareem...

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