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Comment by The Choonies on June 16, 2012 at 19:18

When I was in Guanzho

A place I like to go

I met a Choonie

A nice girl called Boonie

So I said "Hello"

Comment by Richard Roman on June 14, 2012 at 12:17

When I was in guanzhuo................. (ok, I have no idea how it is written, how about canton? )

Comment by The Choonies on June 14, 2012 at 7:18

Great stuff - sort of person I would love to meet though as usual with American sports personalities - I've never heard of him but I wish I had.

Comment by CCF Beijing on June 13, 2012 at 21:11

The most famous college basketball coach was John Wooden - UCLA's basketball coach. He didn't just coach basketball. He taught his players about life. Here are a few "Wooden-isms" (from Esquire Magazine 2010):

Discipline yourself and others won't need to.

You can do more good by being good than any other way.

If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict.

I'll never adjust to the loss of Nellie. We were married for fifty-three years. No man ever had a finer wife. Prior to her loss, I had some fear of death. Now I have no fear. I look forward to seeing her again.

Passion is momentary; love is enduring.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.

If I am through learning, I am through.

My father gave me a two-dollar bill for my grade-school graduation and said, "Hold on to this and you'll never be broke." I still have it. A lot of times, that's all I've had. But I've never been broke.

The most I made coaching was $32,500. Maybe I didn't have a million-dollar contract like Shaquille O'Neal, but he'll never know what it was like to get a good meal for twenty-five cents.

Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.

I had an emergency appendectomy when I was due to leave aboard the USS Franklin in the South Pacific, and the person who took my place was killed by a kamikaze just a short time after he boarded the ship. I assume I would have been in the identical place that he was. I don't know what you call it. Some call it fate. I don't know. Things happen, but we don't know the reason.

I don't think I was a fine game coach. I'm trying to be honest. I think I was a good practice coach.

When my son was in high school, he wanted a car. I said, "You work hard in the summer and save up for half, and I'll pay the other half." So he saved up, and I came home one day and Nellie was distraught. Jim had given his money to a friend. I said to Jim, "Do you think you'll get it back?" He said, "Dad, what did you always teach me? He's my friend. Haven't I heard you say your greatest joy is doing something for someone with no thought of something in return?" Hearing your own words come back at you can make you smile. Later that year, his friend paid him back.

I learned more from Lewis Alcindor about man's inhumanity to man than from anybody else.

I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don't criticize a teammate. Never be late.

If a player's not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He'll come around.

I don't believe in praying to win.

What am I proudest of? After we'd won a championship, a reporter asked one of my players what kind of racial problems we had on the team. The player said, "You don't know our coach, do you?"

Coming off the floor after the NCAA semifinal win over Louisville in 1975, it just hit me: Time to go. It was an emotional thing. I can't explain it. I went to the dressing room, congratulated my players. I said, "I don't know how we'll do against Kentucky, but regardless of the outcome, I never had a team give me more pleasure. It's been a great year, and I'm proud of you. This will be the last team I'll ever coach."



 http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/learned-john-wood-...

 

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