There are No Words to Describe How Much I Love This

February 16, 2012

The McGee Four were in the local library a couple weekends ago when right there on a big display was a coffee table-sized book about John Wooden. And it was a new one that I’d never seen before. Turns out it was the official UCLA retrospective (available on published after Wooden’s death.

It’s mostly a photo book, interspersed with about 15 essays from former Wooden players and coaches. But the scan below, and another one I’ll post later, is from the inside cover.

This is the list of basketball practice rules that Wooden gave to each of his players. But it speaks to so much more than basketball. After I read it, I thought it should be given out to every child entering the sixth grade. And to every employee at any company that wants to be great. Read it and maybe you’ll agree.



  • Reply Anthony D. Nelson February 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Matt- I’ve seen this list before but I thank you for posting it and bringing it to light again. This is the type of stuff that is worth printing and hanging in your office.

    • Reply Matt February 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Thx Anthony — glad you enjoyed it, too. Wooden was an amazing man and great teacher.

  • Reply Carrie HIll February 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Matt – I love Coach Wooden’s lessons so much. I’m going to share this with my daughter who starts her first season of High School Soccer on Monday…….:)

  • Reply Matt February 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thx Carrie – hope your daughter enjoyed it, too. Just posted another similar scan:

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