UCLA is a storied basketball program. Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Walt Hazard and plenty of others played under the Wizard of Westwood. They played on the hardwood, but they also gleaned some sound and sage advice from a man ahead of his time when it came to coaching star athletes.
John Wooden coached team basketball. He emphasized each player’s ability to contribute to the team rather the star quality that we see a lot of today with college athletes. Imagine if a coach like Wooden had gotten to some of our more troubled athletes. Just think of the guys who would be less conceited and greater contributors to their sport as well as the world in general.
I continue to read Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success to this day and find it to serve as a great read. Inspirational messages and memories from Wooden match up with biblical principles to spread wisdom for life. This would be a great gift for a young aspiring athlete or a sports coach. There are nuggets of wisdom within its pages just waiting to be discovered by some open mind.