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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Thank you

Thank you for writing this beautiful book. I’m so pleased it is narrated by KAJ. His voice adds character and a personal touch to the memoir. I also appreciate all the literary references so that I can add new stories & poems to my reading list. God bless!

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Loved it!

If you could sum up Coach Wooden and Me in three words, what would they be?

uplifting, moving, insightful

Who was your favorite character and why?

well, John Wooden, or maybe Kareem

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

I like his enunciation and slow paced reading...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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Any additional comments?

Kareem was part of my growing up years and it was interesting to hear him tell his story and of his relationship with Coach Wooden...

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Inspiring

I can now refer to this for the rest of my life. Thank you for opening up and sharing. Coach would be proud.

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Outstanding job Kareem! Wow. Truly Awesome

Thank you for sharing your relationship with a man just about everyone in sports knows of. You did an excellent job by reading it yourself. I hope you take great pride in that. So many authors don’t. Anyway, thank you again. I wish I could have met with him even if for only a few minutes. I look towards his “pyramid” for guidance when I feel of track. This was just about a great a read/listen to I have ever enjoyed.

Sincerely,
Todd B

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Beautiful and Inspiring Story

A beautiful telling of the story of two remarkable men's lives that improbably intersected for half a century.

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Wonderful book on the meaning of true friendship!

Highly recommended for sports fan and non-sports fans. Truly enjoyed the narration by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...it made the listen that much more special.👏👏👏

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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..😍