Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Coach John Wooden Honored at L.A. Coliseum Ceremony

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA Coach John R. Wooden on Tuesday was inducted into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum's Court of Honor.

Wooden, making his first public appearance since he was hospitalized earlier this year, is the first basketball figure ever bestowed the honor.

Though the 97-year-old Wooden arrived in a wheelchair, he was in good humor. "You think I'll be able to fly out of here when I leave?" Wooden joked, referring to all the praise directed his way.

Ben Howland, Dan Guerrero, Chancellor Gene Block, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among local dignitaries and former UCLA players at the ceremony. Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully was also present.

Scully called Wooden "a genius in his ability to inspire." Abdul-Jabbar summed up the feelings of those present to honor Wooden: "We love you, Coach."

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said, "Of everyone at UCLA, John Wooden's name is the best known nationwide. He produced not just good players but good people."

Wooden said he was honored that his plaque was being added alongside Scully's and those of athletes who starred in the Coliseum and adjacent Sports Arena. "I can't understand why a basketball guy would be here ... [but] that's fine."

Coliseum Commission president David Israel called it appropriate that Wooden became the first 'basketball guy" in the Court of honor. "He's John Wooden," Israel said. "USC's baseketball team played here from 1959 to '06, but there wasn't an SC basketball coach we would consider."

UCLA played at the Sports Arena from 1959 until 1965 then moved to Pauley Pavilion.

(photo credit: AP)

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39 Comments:

At May 20, 2008, 5:15:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Howland's DYNASTY is a result of this guy, Coach WOOOOOOOOOOODEN
AS a young buck, it is wise to open your ears, your eyes and speak when necessary.....
Getcha season tix
Hey Mr. Morgan....I have some models waiting for you...come on over....
Hey Mr. Stephenson...it would be worth the wait IF u have to sit out a year.....
Hey Dragovic - two words all summer:
"defensive stance" ...do squats bro
U-C-L-A

 
At May 20, 2008, 5:39:00 PM, Anonymous Super Cool Me said...

Uhhhh... about time.

 
At May 21, 2008, 3:17:00 AM, Anonymous jake said...

Just curious if Kevin Love was in attendance - anybody?

 
At May 21, 2008, 4:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer would be... NO.

 
At May 21, 2008, 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Scarry Larry said...

Ok folks... it's almost over. We find out tomorrow. Heard rumors that Morgan has scheduled an announcement for Thursday morning.

 
At May 21, 2008, 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous JD said...

Heard the same. Rivals announcing Morgan has a press conference scheduled tomorrow 12N at his Texas high school!

 
At May 21, 2008, 4:10:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Press Conference....to announce UCLA?
If not, I'm not working...I am going straight to the bar...my life depends on Mr. Morgan...
-Die hard

 
At May 21, 2008, 11:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh... heard there's gonna be a "surprise" at Morgan's annoucement. Rumor has it that Kansas has MADE a BIG push.

 
At May 22, 2008, 12:52:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

fingers crossed
He'd be a fool to go the Midwest...

 
At May 22, 2008, 1:30:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

I hope todays press telegram report is accurate. My life is riding on this too BruinFan! Here it is below!
Texas prep star to choose UCLA
By Brian Dohn, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 05/22/2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
UCLA's already stellar recruiting class will get a lift when former LSU signee J'mison Morgan announces he will join the Bruins' class during a news conference today in Dallas, Morgan's mother said.
Bianca Morgan reiterated Wednesday night what she told the Daily News last week, which was that her son, a highly touted center from South Oak Cliff High in Dallas, was going to attend UCLA in the fall.
J'mison Morgan has a news conference scheduled at noon today in Dallas (10 a.m. PDT) to make the announcement. When asked if he was still planning on attending UCLA, Bianca Morgan said, "yes." She added her son was also looking at Kansas and Cincinnati, but it would take an unforeseen change of heart for him to pick one of those schools.
Two weeks ago Morgan's brother, Ronnie, told the Daily News that J'mison was "planning for sure to attend UCLA next year." When contacted Wednesday afternoon, Morgan's high school coach, James Mays, was asked if Morgan changed his mind about attending UCLA, and said, "Not that I know of."
Morgan was released from his national letter of intent last week, but Bianca said UCLA still has not received the release. That will be faxed to the school today, she said.
Morgan cannot sign another letter of intent. Instead, he can sign scholarship papers, which binds a school to a player, but allows a player to change his mind until he attends a class.
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At May 22, 2008, 3:17:00 AM, Anonymous JackB said...

Just read the Morgan pressor was rescheduled to next Monday. Time to worry???
JB

 
At May 22, 2008, 3:22:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

I am having a heart attack....
I need to know where u getcha info....

 
At May 22, 2008, 3:34:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

positive thoughts...hope the post above about Monday is b.s.

 
At May 22, 2008, 3:48:00 AM, Anonymous bruin66 said...

Martin Luther King was a Bruin fan. Speaking on campus aginst segregation back in 1963, he said he dreamed of a nation united like the UCLA varsity where Goodrich passed to Hazzard to Erickson to Slaughter to Hirsh (... to Washington to McIntosh) - the great man named the entire lineup alternating black and white.
A great tribute to our tradition.

 
At May 22, 2008, 3:55:00 AM, Anonymous slayerella said...

The post about moving the press conference to Monday came from Brian Dohn at his LA Daily News blog. This wishy-washy stuff feels shady, truth be told. Not sure I like it much. Even if Morgan annouces UCLA, he can still back out until he enrolls in classes and the earliest he can do that is August. Which means he'll have two months to dither still, if he wants.
Back on topic -- what a great tribute to Wooden! Watched the video at the LA Times Bruins blog. Looking forward to seeing he & Scully on June 13 at Nokia Center.

 
At May 22, 2008, 3:56:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

Looks like it's not b.s. BruinFan. Looks like it is delayed to Monday(Memorial day?) I may need therapy now man! Here's the Dailey Breeze blog.
Morgan's delay
By Brian Dohn on May 22, 2008 10:11 AM | Permalink |
Just got to my computer and wanted to let you know that J'mison Morgan did not have a press conference today, and it is now scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. pacific. I am told the school of choice, as of now, remains UCLA.
Of course, Monday is Memorial Day, so we shall see if it happens then.

 
At May 22, 2008, 4:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not looking good everyone. If everyone knows he's going to UCLA, why doesn't he JUST COME OUT ALREADY AND SAY SO? The fact that he postponed this announcement only can mean one thing - that he is UNSURE about UCLA. Who would ever question this?? It's a NO BRAINER...

 
At May 22, 2008, 6:34:00 AM, Anonymous slayerella said...

The latest from Dohn's blog is this:
And More Morgan
By Brian Dohn on May 22, 2008 11:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | ShareThis
Let me preface this post by saying in the world of blogging, new information becomes available by the hour, and sometimes there isn't a seamless meshing with something reported earlier.
That said, I bring you another update from J'mison Morgan's South Oak Cliff (Dallas) High basketball coach, James Mays, who said the target date for an announcement is Friday, but it may wait until Monday.
"It's scheduled for tomorrow around 12 o'clock,'' Mays said. "He had some things going on today, which is why it was delayed."
So what happened to AAU coach Jazzy Hartwell saying the press conference would be Monday?
"He's got some stuff (senior awards for graduation) going on tomorrow, but we're going to try and do it right after the senior awards program,'' Mays said. "There's a chance (it could be pushed to Monday), but we're shooting for tomorrow.''
So, is he still going to choose UCLA?
"At this point, yes, he is,'' said Mays, who added he spoke with Morgan in the last 14 hours about the change.

 
At May 22, 2008, 6:56:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Pull up to your local pizza parlor and annouce already!!

 
At May 22, 2008, 7:15:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

"Bobo" Morgan is looking more like "Dodo" Morgan. It's obvious this guy's very unsure of himself. Uh.... Kansas(bad weather,weak chicks & warm beer) or UCLA(great weather,hot chicks & ice cold beer? That's a tough decision???

 
At May 22, 2008, 8:11:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

I wouldn't be too concerned just yet about Morgan's recruitment.
No confirmation here - just a hypothesis, but perhaps UCLA may have requested Morgan to put off his decision until Monday since the school may not have received his LOI release papers from LSU. UCLA can not comment on Morgan nor offer a grant-in-aid until it receives the release papers.
I suggest everyone just chill, stop calling our recruit names, and simply have a restful Memorial weekend.
- BBR

 
At May 22, 2008, 8:55:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

Sorry for my negative comments BBR, I'll chill now w/some cold ones!

 
At May 22, 2008, 9:31:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

BBR, will you help me host a party at Westwood Brew Co for the signing of Morgan???
Thanks...shoot me a personal email....

 
At May 22, 2008, 9:54:00 AM, Anonymous barry said...

I was at the event and it was very special. As to basketball players in attendance. the only players at the event were Kareen, Keith Erickson, and Rafer Johnson, who I believe did play. I was somewhat surprised by the scarcity of former players, who had played for coach, as well as any former UCLA players, period

 
At May 22, 2008, 9:59:00 AM, Anonymous barry1817 said...

Morgan signing, or not signing.
It is just a sign of the times when a high school athlete needs to call a press conference to say where he is going to school.
And the media perpetuates this by bringing the cameras and microphones.
As to waiting with baited breath, he either signs or he doesn't, in the grand scheme of things it is like taping an event and I'll watch it later without the commercial interuptions.

 
At May 22, 2008, 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

No problem 1&done, you're a solid contributor to the site. However, you might be surprised by who (i.e. players, recruits, etc) visits the site.
BF, you're the party man, I'll leave it to you to organize Morgan's signing party.
- BBR

 
At May 22, 2008, 4:53:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Bruin Nation - Westwood Brew or Q's
when Mr. Morgan signs...
I am currently in negotiations as to who can offer a better deal....
I'll provide wristbands or have a code word/phrase....to get drink discounts....
basically, I'll make it happen.....
but give me 1 week or two depending on when he signs....BBR will assist me....cuz he's the man w/ a plan....
gotta go...off to LAX at 4:30am..Ta HO baby

 
At May 22, 2008, 7:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morgan, if you're reading this... ANNOUNCE UCLA! You know it's the best school for you and will do the best to push you onto the NBA in the future.

 
At May 23, 2008, 3:08:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

Count me in at either location BruinFan! We are so fortunate to have Howland as our coach and bruinbasketballreport as our home for reliable up to date Bruin hoop news! Also, I forgot to mention major props goes out to BBR's KS Wong...aka "the Bruin insider"!!!

 
At May 23, 2008, 3:54:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

Fab 5 baby!!! Here's the latest Brian Dohn(Dailey Breeze) blog!
Morgan announces...
By Brian Dohn on May 23, 2008 10:39 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | ShareThis
I just got off the phone with J'mison Morgan, and he told me he just announced he is going to attend UCLA. He said the release has been sent to UCLA and he will speak with coach Ben Howland in a little while.
Morgan said he will arrive on campus in late June and begin taking summer classes

 
At May 23, 2008, 5:02:00 AM, Anonymous jake said...

Thanks for being patient everybody - SEE - it all worked out.
Good times continue to roll here ...

 
At May 23, 2008, 5:53:00 AM, Anonymous BM said...

Morgan just announced UCLA as his choice

 
At May 23, 2008, 6:19:00 AM, Anonymous KDL1984 said...

With all the talk about parties and brews, I'm getting the feeling that there's a sort of fraternity going on on this website! All I got to say is...
WAY TO GO BOYS!
Have a brew on us "fans" that aren't a part of the fraternity! All we do is blog about all the great things that are happening to our school and the lousy things that are happening across town!
Thanks J'Mison for helping spearhead a party!
You're a true Captain Morgan!
Can you talk to Captain Stephenson?!
KDL1984
P.S. Now, all we have to do is find room for Stepheson!

 
At May 23, 2008, 6:48:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Gluck-gluck-gluck-gluck, I ain't "Brew In" for nuttin'! Damn that Captain Morgan tastes good! Even the cold nachos put on hold awaiting the announcement taste pretty darn good right now!!!
Gluck-gluck, here's another one in honor of you Bobo!!!

 
At May 23, 2008, 7:31:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

Hey KDL1984,
I don't speak for BBR but I believe BBR would like all who participate in this website to be treated equal and fair. I'm just a huge Bruin fan who digs cold beer, debating Bruin hoops and reading yours and everyone elses posts too, that's all. I don't believe there's a frat atmosphere here. I selfishly invited myself to BruinFan's "Bobo" Morgan party. I'm going unless BruinFan tells me I'm not invited. I'm interested in what the others think about your post. Have a tremendous Memorial weekend everyone! Great decision "Bobo"!

 
At May 23, 2008, 7:56:00 AM, Anonymous Don said...

Good news indeed. Jake, you down in Dallas or remain here for the announcement? Gives them great depth both front and back courts.

 
At May 23, 2008, 10:16:00 AM, Anonymous 1&done said...

Hey guys this is from Rivals.com
Rivals.com
J'Mison Morgan is now officially headed to UCLA. The one-time LSU signee made it official on Friday as the five-star big man announced his intentions at his Dallas South Oak Cliff High School to attend the Pac-10 powerhouse.
"It's UCLA this time around," Morgan told TexasHoops.com. "It was all about the comfort level with the players and the coaches. There have been so many great centers at UCLA and it's my chance to make my mark there."

 
At May 25, 2008, 12:39:00 PM, Anonymous kdl1984 said...

Don't get me wrong. I don't mind the fraternity atmosphere at all! I'd just like to know where I can sign up and pledge!!
I get on the site a few times a week and enjoy all the banter that goes on. I see the same names over and over again sending messages back and forth! I like it! Finally a place us Bruin fans can share ideas and spread the joy that is UCLA Basketball!
I'm sure J'Mison read the pages of the site too and read all the comments you had. I bet that's what got him to commit to our school, because of all the good wishes you expressed! Way to go Bruin Fraternity!
Here's to Captain Morgan and the other members of the Super Cinco! I can just see banner #12 hanging from the rafters!

 
At May 31, 2008, 6:52:00 AM, Anonymous babybruins said...

Cheers to Captn Morgan and the Super Cinco!!!! Keep the good times rolling!!!

 

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