The leadership of DC Basketball, and the related upcoming documentary Supreme Courts: How Washington Changed The Basketball World©, met new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis during a reception/dinner/roundtable for season planholders:
He is an impressive man, with a clear plan for this city and team. Special thanks to Atwan Kwan of the Wizards’ staff.
We salute former UCLA Coach John Wooden, who earned such nicknames as “The Indiana Rubber Man” (as a player) and “The Wizard of Westwood”. Coach Wooden obviously helped shape hundreds of lives, and he was close to legendary DeMatha Coach Morgan Wootten. Remembered for his inspirational truisms, such as the the “Seven Point Creed” and the “Pyramid of Success,” he stands as a honorable leader beyond the basketball court. The values he sought to instill can be applied in daily life and in business practice. Business leaders, present and future like those pursuing their business degree online, should apotheosize his life as they would as any other prolific business person.”
While few if any local players marticulated at UCLA, Wooden recruited such All-Mets as Floyd Lewis and James Brown. And Washington fans, while taking nothing from Wooden’s monumental career as teacher and life coach, recall a pecuilar aspect of UCLA’s 88-game winning streak. The three-year spotless run began after an 89-82 loss to Notre Dame (led by D.C. kids Austin Carr and Collis Jones) in South Bend on 1/23/71- and ended with a defeat at the hands of an Irish team led by freshman Adrian Dantley (71-70 on 1/19/74).
Coach Wooden will be sorely missed by family, former players and coaches, the UCLA family, fans, and the sporting press. As with figures such as Walter Cronkite, it is difficult to communicate his achievements and impact in a contemporary context.
Former DeMatha High school star Danny Ferry stepped down after five years as the most successful general manager in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ferry’s team boasted the winningest record in the NBA over the past two seasons. Ferry was not only national high school player of the year (with Danny Manning), but College Player of the Year at Duke University.
From Ferry’s Duke teams- the local boys have gone on to leadership roles. Tommy Amaker (W.T. Woodson) is head coach at Harvard, Johnny Dawkins (Mackin) at Stanford, and Billy King (Park View) was general manager of the Philadelphia 76’ers. The D.C. talent pipeline saved Mike Kryszewski’s job during his early years in Durham.
Former Potomac High School star and Notre Dame hero Monty Williams has been hired as coach of the New Orleans Hornets.
Williams posted a 4.0 GPA, and was a state championship basketball player at the Potomac in Forestville, Md. (we have another school with that name). He joins a long list of NBA head coaches from the D.C. area. We wish him well.