Remembering John Wooden: 'Tonight, We Have Lost a True American Icon'
What some notable figures said about Wooden following his death Friday night:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played for Wooden from 1965 to 1969 under the name Lew Alcindor:
"He set quite an example. He was more like a parent than a coach. He really was a very selfless and giving human being, but he was a disciplinarian. We learned all about those aspects of life that most kids want to skip over. He wouldn't let us do that."
Pat Summitt, women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee:
"I am very saddened at the passing of John Wooden. In my lifetime, I was fortunate to call him a friend. As a coach, I always admired his gentle demand for nothing but excellence and his student-athletes delivered. He created role models on and off the court, and because of him, it is something I instilled in my players from my first day as a very young coach.
"The takeaways we all have been blessed with from knowing John Wooden are numerous. For all of his successes, he was such a humble man.
"Tonight, we have lost a true American icon."
Jim Calhoun, men's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut:
"There has been no greater influence on college basketball not just about the game but the team. He gave so much to basketball and education. In my opinion if he's not as important as Dr. Naismith, he's right next to him."
Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California:
"Coach Wooden was more than a Hall of Fame basketball player and coach; he was an incredible man whose dedication and leadership on the court inspired generations of Californians. He meant so much to Los Angeles, California and the entire basketball community around the world. Maria and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones as they remember the extraordinary life of this coaching legend."