Coach John Wooden died today at 6:45 p.m. at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

On behalf of The Lakers Nation, Basketball fans around the world, and those who Coach Wooden had touched throughout generations — We would like to send our condolences to the Wooden family.

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Robert Wooden

(October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010)


    Thoughts and prayers go out the Legendary Wooden Family. Thanks for the memories and the history Coach! And here we are thinking that going to a Finals game at Staples would be the ultimate joy… you’re gonna be enjoying the Lakers’ Championship Win in Heaven, that’s the ultimate venue!

  • lakers0828

    No doubt Gave Us Some of The Great Players from UCLA John Wooden Was the Phil Jackson Of College Basketball and arguably the Greaest Coach in all of Sports
    My heart Goes out to UCLA and the Wooden Family we Miss You Coach !

  • hoop247

    you will be missed and your teaching will stay behind forever

  • Myself

    You will be missed Coach!

  • Wilt

    Our deepest sympathies go out to the wooden family. The Lakers Nation is a bit less bright today along with the rest of the world thank you for many great years of socal collage basketball coach you were an inspiration to us all and will be sorely missed coach. :(

  • Touch ME

    God Bless Wooden. All the best.

  • mr.laker19

    R.I.P. to the greatest coach PERIOD! In all of sports and on all levels. The man did more than give players good plays to run, but life lessons. My thoughts and prayers goes to his family and I can only hope he is reunited with his wife in Heaven… Lord Willin…. goodbye coach

  • Robert

    Coach will truly be missed, but his legacy will live on. The Lakers have a connection with Coach, at least through Kareem, Gail Goodrich, and other greats, and again through the UCLA program with Jamaal Wilkes of the 80s Lakers, and more recent graduates Jordan Farmar and Trevor Ariza (who were part of our recent Championship).
    I hope this inspires the Lakers to win another Championship on behalf of Coach (along with Phil, the two greatest coaches in history).
    Moment of silence for John Wooden.

  • LC09


  • Brian Shaw owns all

    I never got to see him coach, but I always thought of him as an inspiration, not just for the success he had at UCLA, but what he did for his players and others off the court and for how he lived his life.

    He will be dearly missed.

    RIP Coach Wooden.

  • Chad

    R.I.P John Wooden Great Coach But Better Person!!!

  • jayo

    Your wisdom and contribution to the game and life will be missed… R.I.P. Coach Wooden.

  • daboss1848

    We lost an incredible human being, who just happened to be a great basketball coach.
    Pyramid of Success (for life and basketball):
    (Book with same title available as well)

  • travelinbruin

    In a way, John Wooden deserves credit for the success of the Lakers: as noted on an earlier post, during the Showtime era, two of the five starters (Kareem and Wilkes) were Wooden disciples and taught his way of basketball, another (Goodrich) was a starter and leading scorer of the 1972 championship team, along with countless others who played for Wooden at UCLA and the (UC)L.A. Lakers. Farmar and Ariza also came from UCLA and were influenced by Wooden. The Lakers would not be the Lakers today if not for the Wizard.

  • cqc_NastyN8

    R.I.P !!

  • tradesasha

    coach wooden, R.I.P.

  • livetowin16th

    Thank you coach wooden! Prayers go out to the wooden family.