On the first day of practice, Coach Wooden told us,“Don’t worry about whether you’re doing better thanthe next guy. Just give me your best. That’s all I ask.”I knew I could do that. He had given mea new definition of success.
—RAFER JOHNSON,OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNER, DECATHLON;UCLA VARSITY, 1958–59
I don’t care how tall you are.I care how tall you play.
When my Pyramid of Success was featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine following UCLA’s ninth March Madness national championship, most readers were puzzled. Many asked, “What is this new thing? Where did it come ...