My Personal Best : Life Lessons from an All-American Journey by John Wooden

By John Wooden

Nationwide BESTSELLER For John Wooden's thousands of fans--a heartfelt and revealing self-portrait concerning the humans and occasions that formed his lifestyles activities Illustrated declared: "There hasn't ever been a finer trainer in American activities than John wood. Nor a finer man." ESPN chosen him because the "Greatest trainer of the twentieth Century." From his delivery on an Indiana tenant farm, to All-American honors at Purdue, to his old record-setting UCLA dynasty, John wood is a towering determine in 20th-century activities, and his adventure and knowledge an American treasure. In My own top, trainer wood tells how he did it and the teachings he realized on his impressive trip. Pairing never-before-seen pictures from trainer Wooden's inner most assortment together with his own tales and affirmations, this ebook encompasses the dramatic arc of Wooden's larger-than-life achievements and studies. As he did in his perpetual bestseller wood, trainer deals a wealth of biographical information, own reflections, and a life of classes. His thousands of fanatics will cherish this definitive pictorial historical past of a dwelling activities legend. "John wood is a residing legend simply because he practiced what he preached--the code of ethics which created America's strength."--Phil Jackson, head trainer, l. a. Lakers "Most of what i do know, what is made me a wise guy, has come from John Wooden."--Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Naismith Basketball corridor of Famer "A guy of John Wooden's accomplishments and integrity could stand out in any period, yet now, nearly 3 many years after he coached his final online game, he's in many ways an excellent extra outstanding figure."--Bob Costas

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Whatever basketball gave, and it gave plenty, Nellie Riley gave me more and meant more; but that spark almost didn’t happen. I had seen her at Martinsville High School when I was a freshman and still on the farm. ” At the summer carnival I saw her again, but I didn’t think she’d give sour apples for me, a farm boy who was extremely shy. It turned out she’d also noticed me and was interested enough to do something about it. Nellie wasn’t shy. She convinced her very best friend, Mary Schnaiter, to have her older brother, Jack, drive the three of them out to 31 Copyright © 2004 by John Wooden and Steve Jamison.

During the entire basketball season, Nellie and I made very sure we stayed out of the Rileys’ kitchen. Nell joined the high school pep band to get a courtside seat for the Artesians’ games, so she could be up close to watch me play. Her musical skills were questionable enough that friends described her as an “alleged” cornetist, who only held the instrument to her lips and pretended to play. It didn’t matter—she had a front row seat for all my games. She was a good ukulele player, however, and a member of the Girls Ukulele Band.

I had done that. Now as a member of the Martinsville Artesians basketball team, Dad’s instructions and example were put to the test. You lose, you feel bad—sometimes very, very bad. But a much worse feeling is knowing that you haven’t done everything you possibly could have done to prepare and compete. 29 HIGH SCHOOL HERO The loss in the finals of the 1928 Indiana championship game was the most painful thing that ever happened to me as an athlete. I had done what my father taught me to do, including his two sets of threes, one of which was don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses.

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