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"No, not quite like that," he said. "We've had a great run, but not quite like that."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson remembered being a high school player and marveling at the way Wooden's 1962 and 1963 teams prepared, competed and played defense.
"I guess of the 150,000 people that are reciting John's legendary fame, I just stand in awe of the guy," Jackson said.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers called Wooden "the best coach ever," and has a picture of Wooden and Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, who guided the team to nine NBA titles, sitting on his desk.
When Rivers got to meet Wooden, he was blown away by the fact that Wooden knew his name and was impressed at how gracious he was.
"To have those two on your desk, I don't think you need to further your collection," Rivers said. "You know, those are the two best.
"But with Wooden, I think he's one of the rare superstars that stood out more about him as a person than he did as a coach or anything. And that's rare, when you say that about any star in any business."
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