Oct 29, 2012
8-Foot John Wooden Statue Unveiled

L.A. Times

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-ucla-wooden-statue-20121026, 0, 1639689.story

With the tug of a yellow cord, the curtain was raised on a bronze statue of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Friday.

The 8-foot-tall statue is “a remarkable rendering of a truly remarkable man, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said before he and other dignitaries, including Wooden’s children Jim and Nan, together pulled on the cord.

The 800-pound statue, sculpted by Blair Buswell and atop a 3-foot pedestal, depicts Wooden standing in a suit, his arms folded with his left hand clutching a rolled-up game program.

Wooden, who led his teams to 10 national championships in the 1960s and 70s, died at age 99 on June 4, 2010.

The statue means a lot to our whole family, Nan Wooden said after the dedication. It’s a really special day. He’s probably shaking his head saying, ‘Oh, I don’t deserve this.’ “

Dan Guerrero, UCLA’s athletics director, said that “with this statue, everyone who steps foot on this campus from this day forward” will know Pauley Pavilion was “the house that Wooden built.”

The statue’s dedication helped kick off the reopening of Pauley Pavilion, which has been closed since March 2011 for a $136-million renovation. It officially reopens Nov. 9 when the UCLA men’s basketball team plays Indiana State.

8-Foot John Wooden Statue Unveiled

L.A. Times

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-ucla-wooden-statue-20121026, 0, 1639689.story

With the tug of a yellow cord, the curtain was raised on a bronze statue of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Friday.

The 8-foot-tall statue is “a remarkable rendering of a truly remarkable man, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said before he and other dignitaries, including Wooden’s children Jim and Nan, together pulled on the cord.

The 800-pound statue, sculpted by Blair Buswell and atop a 3-foot pedestal, depicts Wooden standing in a suit, his arms folded with his left hand clutching a rolled-up game program.

Wooden, who led his teams to 10 national championships in the 1960s and 70s, died at age 99 on June 4, 2010.

The statue means a lot to our whole family, Nan Wooden said after the dedication. It’s a really special day. He’s probably shaking his head saying, ‘Oh, I don’t deserve this.’ ”

Dan Guerrero, UCLA’s athletics director, said that “with this statue, everyone who steps foot on this campus from this day forward” will know Pauley Pavilion was “the house that Wooden built.”

The statue’s dedication helped kick off the reopening of Pauley Pavilion, which has been closed since March 2011 for a $136-million renovation. It officially reopens Nov. 9 when the UCLA men’s basketball team plays Indiana State.






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