UCLA’s Wooden hospitalized, condition not considered serious


LOS ANGELES (AP) – John Wooden planned to watch UCLA play Florida for the national basketball championship from a hospital room Monday night, surrounded by family members.

The 95-year-old Hall of Fame coach was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital Sunday for an undisclosed condition that was not considered serious. He is expected to be released in the next day or two, according to a statement from UCLA’s sports information office.

“Obviously, you never want to hear anything like that and you hope for the best,” Bruins’ all-time leading scorer Don MacLean said before the championship game in Indianapolis. “But from what I understand it’s not that serious.”

Wooden retired from UCLA in 1975 with a record of 620-147 in 27 years as coach. The Bruins won 10 national titles, under the “Wizard of Westwood,” including seven in a row. The streak included 38 straight NCAA tournament victories.

Wooden was the first person inducted into basketball’s Hall of Fame as a coach and player. A native of Martinsville, Ind., he starred on Purdue’s basketball team in the 1930s.

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