John Wooden would be 101 today and he is still inspiring people
The Los Angeles Times is counting down the top sports moments in L.A. history. Coming in at #4 is John Wooden bows out on top.
"It feels good. You’re not going to get too giddy," he said, a book entitled "Wisdom" by UCLA coaching legend John Wooden sitting on his desk.
[Turn down your volume before watching!] As seen from the crowd, the last two minutes of UCLA vs. Arizona. Hopefully gives those who were not able to attend an idea of what it was like inside "Old" Pauley for the last time.
Last spring, Trapani spent about an hour each day sitting with Wooden during his final days. Even in the middle of final exams, the kid would bring his homework to the hospital and sit with Coach.
"Even though he couldn't talk to me or know I would be there, I would usually say to him, 'I love you, Poppa," Trapani recalled.
This was more than a shot, it was the celebration of a connection that will live forever. The players knew this was cool but didn't realize the full impact of the shot until Howland began crying in the locker room, then later cried when meeting with members of Wooden's family.