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The Last Shot

Published Oct 1, 2010 8:00 AM

"You lived the poetry of life."

"You are the reason I attended UCLA."

"Thank you for the legacy you've left behind, your sweetness toward all people, and your incredible life example."

The messages and floral bouquets began to appear at the foot of The Bruin statue on June 4, the day John Wooden died. But for weeks afterward, the impromptu memorial grew, created by students, alumni and fans, until the campus icon was covered in color and affection for the greatest college basketball coach — and perhaps the greatest teacher — of all.

"You are a big reason we are all so proud to be Bruins," wrote M.B., class of 2000. "I hope you heard the eight-clap and saw the banners flying. You are so loved."


Photo by Hugh Hamilton.