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Publisher's Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor played basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship. On the court they broke basketball records. Off the court they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect.

Part memoir and part inspirational story, Abdul-Jabbar reveals the lessons Coach Wooden taught him through the "Pyramid of Success" and discusses how they in turn shaped his life. Through beautiful storytelling, Coach Wooden and Me takes you back to the basics of what a coach should be.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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BRAVO, Big Fella!!!

Awesome inside view of both Kareem an Coach that we have never seen before. So simple, so human, so honest about an amazing friendship! I cannot wait until I can share this with others!

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A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE

This book is a moving, and touching tribute to the legendary coach and person John Wooden. It is beautifully written by one obviously deeply touched by his friendship.

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Love the insight

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is for more than those who love basketball. It is also a good commentary on how friendship can thrive despite different backgrounds. I enjoyed the insight from Coach Wooden's life and approach to life/basketball.

What about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed listening to this as it was read by the author. I feel that helps breath life into any story.

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  • BG
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  • 06-22-17

I was deeply touched by Karim's story

What did you love best about Coach Wooden and Me?

I was moved by Karim's heartfelt story of his own evolution as a human being as well as the loving and respectful relationship that he developed with the coach over a 50 year period. The book answered a question I always had about the relationship between the Coach and Karim. Being a Bruin and an avid UCLA basketball fan, I have read a lot about UCLA Basketball starting from David Halberstam's masterpiece Breaks of the Game and most recently Bill Walton's autobiography, Coming From Dead. Bil Walton being very vocal and expressive we all know that the close relationship Bill had with the Coach. But there was never much information about the relationship, if any, existed between Karim and The Coach, post-UCLA. This book clarifies that question. They had developed in later years a deep and loving and caring relationship. It was great to know that.

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This is an inspiring and heartfelt book.

I loved this book. It is heartfelt and amazing! very inspiring. I recommend it to everyone!

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Loved it!!! So Much Wisdom

Sports can bring us together, but Love truly keeps us growing together for a lifetime.

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Change your attitude w/this book

Excellent writer, excellent speaker, excellent story about positivity and effort. A tremendous story about the trials and tribulations of true friendship, the forgiveness and understanding required, as well as the love necessary.

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A must read for anyone who works with youth.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar absolutely nails the delivery of his experiences with coach Wooden. As a big fan of Coach Wooden, I was listening to every detail imagining how awesome it would have been to get those life lessons straight from the source.

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great book

great book! easy to follow, alot of wisdom. Kareem is a good reader as well.

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Two fantastic stories in one.

Would you listen to Coach Wooden and Me again? Why?

One of the greatest all time leaders (Wooden). I read his book and found this one so different and interesting stories about dancing with his wife in a club to Cab Calloway and starting as a coach at UCLA with out a gym. Kareem's story about his early days and the ride on the bus going to play Notre Dame and the team huddling in the middle of the bus discussing religion. So many cool moments. Really enjoyed it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Coach

What about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s performance did you like?

Vivid memories of the mid 1960's in the south and how naive he seemed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The bus trip discussing religion and how open everyone was to each others practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-17

OUTSTANDING!

Loved it! Just finished listening to the audio version. A must-read/listen for all. It added value to my life! Meaningful, admirable, insightful, made me laugh and cry, very powerful message about faith, love, grief, religion..😍