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John Wooden statue unveiled outside the new Pauley Pavilion

Oct 26, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

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The renovation on Pauley Pavilion became complete Friday afternoon, when UCLA unveiled an 8-foot bronze statue of the legendary John Wooden outside the newly revamped arena.

The statue weights 400-pounds and has Wooden standing tall with his arms crossed, gazing to his left. One the base of the statue includes his signature and one of the countless Wooden quotes that are still recited today.

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

Wooden, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 99, won 10 national championships for the Bruins, including seven consecutive from 1967-1973.

Current Bruins coach Ben Howland added, ”It really captures Coach.”

Howland said Wooden might have downplayed the honor ”but he also understood how many lives he’s touched and what he’s meant to everyone here at UCLA.”

The reopening of Pauley Pavilion, along with the unveiling of a well-deserved statue, are some of the bright spots in a tough time in Bruin basketball. UCLA, who struggled to a 19-14 record in 2011-2012, are still waiting to hear about whether or not Kyle Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad – the top two recruits – will be eligible to play this season.

UCLA opens the new Pauley Pavilion Nov. 9 against Indiana State.

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  1. manchestermiracle - Oct 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Well-deserved. Here’s hoping UCLA basketball returns to relevance in the near future. We’ll never again see the kind of dominance UCLA once enjoyed, mostly because of the one-and-done, although Kentucky, Duke and N. Carolina come close.

  2. imforbigblue - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Way to go UCLA you put up a statue of the biggest cheater in college basketball history you should be proud.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Every single program cheats. Putting up with boosters like Sam Gilbert was something Wooden had to do, just like other coaches have done. He didn’t like it, but there wasn’t much he could do about it. The NCAA chose to ignore it, too.

      Does that make it right? Of course not. Does that make Wooden “the biggest cheater is college basketball history?” Maybe. Maybe not.

      Big blue? Would that be Kentucky? The Kentucky of repeated college basketball scandals throughout the 1980s? Or the Kentucky point-shaving scandals of the 1950’s? No school has had more attention put on their scandals that the University of Kentucky, and for good reason.

      Or are you a fan of Michigan, also noted for the nickname big blue? The Michigan that fired coach Steve Fisher because booster Ed Martin loaned Michigan players (Chris Webber, Louis Bullock, Robert Traylor and Maurice Taylor) $600,000+?

      Singling out Wooden makes you look pretty lame.

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