Coach Wooden and Me (audiobook)

Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

6.0 hrs • 6 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/16/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 05/16/17 9781478949442
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A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017

A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

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

In 1965, eighteen-year-old Lew Alcindor played basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a fifty-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, 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.

Review Quotes

“A celebration of mutual devotion, understanding, and love.”

Boston Globe

“More than just a memoir about college basketball—although it is that, from one of the greatest players of all time—Abdul-Jabbar recounts his lifelong friendship with UCLA coach John Wooden and the ways he learned only later that Wooden guided and tried to protect him as he broke through racial barriers.”

Los Angeles Times

“Abdul-Jabbar and Wooden shared a priceless friendship, and this sensitive, sharply written account brings it to full, vivid life.”

Booklist (starred review)

“This stunning eulogy will appeal to readers far beyond the confines of sports. Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“Anyone inclined to dismiss John Wooden and Abdul-Jabbar’s relationship as merely coach and player… will rethink that miscalculation after reading this compact, engaging memoir.”

Publisher’s Weekly