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Coach John Wooden Tribute with Orlando Magic's Pat Williams

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It's been one year since the passing of legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden, so we take a moment to reflect by speaking with a gentleman who had the privilege of not only knowing him personally but also wrote about him as well.

That's right!

Senior VP of the Orlando Magic, Pat Williams takes time out of his very busy the schedule and returns to the program to not only chat about the man named greatest coach of all time but also to fill us in on a book written in dedication of John Wooden.

It's called Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours.

When Coach Wooden graduated from the eighth grade his father gave him a hand written card and said, "Son, try and live up to this." On the card, his father had written seven simple yet profound life principles:

  • Be True To Yourself
  • Help Others
  • Make Friendship a Fine Art
  • Drink Deeply From Good Books, especially the Bible
  • Make Each Day Your Masterpiece
  • Build A Shelter Against A Rainy Day By The Life You Live
  • Give Thanks For Your Blessings and Pray For Guidance Everyday

These principles were the key to Coach Wooden's greatness and his goodness. Through powerful stories and advice, this book shares the wisdom that made Coach Wooden happy and successful, not just in his career but in life.

Pat and I had a great chat and it was a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of Coach Wooden and the principles he used to impact so many people.

See You On Court!

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