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John Wooden's Critical Note

John Wooden's Critical Note

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John Wooden, the respected basketball coach at UCLA, expresses a critical view of the sport in the United States.

  • Letter to a fan, by John Wooden (1910 - 2010), about his vision of basketball.
  • One page, in English.
  • 21.1 cm x 27.6 cm.
  • Los Angeles, California, undated.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

In this letter, John Wooden explains his main concerns for basketball: the sport is becoming increasingly physical, violent, spectacular and dependent on television, losing some of its essence.

Dear Mr. Eagle,

When it comes to my impressions of the incredible sport of Basketball, I worry about a few things.

1. They are allowing the game to become too physical, which deprives it of its beauty and elegance. 2. I deplore insults. 3. In my opinion, there is a lot of exhibitionism that ended up harming the team game. 4. They are not blowing the whistle – walking, carrying the ball, etc. 5. As a result of television, a lot of time is lost outside of school. You can watch a game at any time of the day or any day of the week. Players, coaches and referees often become actors. Many games are played.

However, TV revenue has (?) been the savior of many new profitable sports, including women's sports in most schools, and demand has increased.

John Wooden, UCLA (retired)

Extract from a text by volleyball coach Bernardinho about John Wooden

John Wooden is known as the coach who led the UCLA basketball team to 88 consecutive victories and 10 national championships, seven of them in a row.

In Wooden's words, we see the man who prioritized character, common sense and righteousness, dedicated himself to work, family and the fundamentals of basketball and became a reference in sport and in life, (...) a man who He chose to be honest in all aspects of life.

My first contact with John Wooden occurred during the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, when we won the silver medal. In those games, the Brazilian delegation stayed on the UCLA (University of California) campus. One day I was in the university bookstore and came across a book by Coach Wooden. From then on, I became a follower of Wooden and a great admirer of his ideas.

Always considered important and valuable, some of the American basketball legend's opinions are exposed, by John Wooden himself, in this unique document. This letter is an exceptional document about basketball and sport in general.

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