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They Call Me Coach John Wooden Coach John Wooden I would like to start out by mentioning that this book is nothing at all what I expected when I began reading it I was expecting a book on the philosophy and style of the greatest basketball coach of all time I expected this book to teach me about his philosophy and how he handled coaching situations Although he did this it was in the form of stories and as a reader you had to pick up on these storys and think about what he did with the situation there was no clear cut explanation for most of them I learned a lot about the background of John Wooden and the path he used to become a college basketball coach He is obviously most proud of his first NCAA championship at UCLA since a lot of the book is about this period in his coaching career I will admit I expected to learn a lot more about certain coaching situations I was intrigued with his storys and got a lot out of them The book started out with a story during his first championship He had a player on his team that played a vital role in getting them to the championship game He had started every game and was the 1 post player on the team During the first part of the championship game this player was playing poorly and Wooden made the decision to pull him from the game and put in the reserve The reserve played very well so he decided to play him the rest of the game and the starter sat on the bench They ended up winning the game and coach had a hard time celebrating the win Walking back to the locker room he felt bad about how this player had played the entire season but didnt contribute in the last game Walking into the locker this player
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