Do you know who Mr. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is? Well, he's a legend in NBA - nothing less, nothing more. This man has influenced the game just as much as Jordan and James did. Back when he was just an 18-year-old kid in NY trying to make it into the big league, he got a scholarship from UCLA and was happy to work with Coach Wooden, as he had an impeccable reputation.
As he soon realized, it was the greatest decision in his life. Together with his teammates, the young baller won 3 NCAA titles, making history. Next, he started one of the strongest, most enduring true friendships in sports. In this book, Abdul-Jabbar shares with his fans how he came to know Wooden and how a simple coach-player relationship soon turned into something much bigger.
They've been in each other's lives for 50 years straight, and the baller feels blessed for all that time they worked together. The coach had the biggest influence on the legend as a human being and as a top-notch professional. They both had their fair share of struggles and obstacles in life, but by sharing the good and the bad and learning about different religious/cultural values, these fine men managed to make it through it all.
Abdul-Jabbar lost some family members and friends, earned a lot of titles and learned how to fight racism and hate (being a black player in the previous century and all). And he couldn’t have done any of those things without his mentor. At the end of the day, Coach Wooden and Me is a beautiful true story of a brick-strong friendship between a gifted player and a big-hearted pro. If you love uplifting stories, this book is for you.