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UCLA legend John Wooden said to be gravely ill [Updated]

June 3, 2010 |  6:47 pm

Wooden1_300 Former UCLA Coach John Wooden, whose teams won 10 national titles, was in grave condition Thursday, school sources confirmed.

Wooden, 99, is being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to the sources, who are not authorized to speak publicly.

[UPDATED, 10:21 p.m.: UCLA Sports Information Director Marc Dellins has confirmed that Wooden is being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.]

A UCLA athletic department official declined to comment on the situation.

Wooden’s health has been an issue in recent weeks, as he was briefly hospitalized about a month ago, a school source said.

According to a report by KCAL, Wooden has not eaten in the last couple days.

Wooden won 620 games during his career, which began at UCLA in 1948. He retired following the 1974-75 season, after his Bruins won their 10th title in 12 seasons. During his career, Wooden guided top players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. The Bruins won an NCAA-record 88 consecutive games during one stretch.

Wooden, who played at Purdue, is the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach.

-- Chris Foster

Photo: John Wooden in 2007. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

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