NCAA Basketball

UCLA Legend John Wooden Hospitalized, in "Grave" Condition

| by Alex Groberman

According to multiple sources, former UCLA coach John Wooden has been hospitalized and is currently in grave condition.

Wooden,99, was checked into UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center after reportedly not being able to eat for days. His health has been an issue for quite some time now, and he was hospitalized a few weeks ago for other medical concerns.

A UCLA athletic department official declined to comment on the situation.

Known as the Wizard of Westwood, Coach Wooden won 620 games throughout his storied career that began in at UCLA in 1948. At the time of his retirement following the 1974-75 season, the Bruins had won 10 titles in 12 seasons.

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During his time at UCLA, Wooden coached all-time greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. At one point during his dynasty, the Bruins won an NCAA-record 88 games in a row.

Former Bruins star Bill Walton told the Associated Press from the NBA Finals that he last visited with Wooden two days ago at the hospital.

"He's the greatest," Walton said. "We love him."

Wooden was the first person to ever be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player, and a coach.

Prior to the start of the 2010 NBA Finals, David Stern was asked about Wooden’s contributions to the sport of basketball.

"We decided that we would not declare his obituary now, other than to say that he's the winningest coach in our history, four 30-0 seasons, and the ultimate aficionado of our game," Stern said. "We hope he's in peace right now, and we'll wait on events."