James Naismith And John Wooden All In One

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Idaho coach Joe Newlee said Saturday’s game should be remembered as “the reward” his team received for its hard work, dedication and winning the Western Athletic Conference.

Newlee said the perks included a charter flight to Connecticut, which at 4½ hours still was shorter than some of the bus-plane-automobile journeys the Vandals take during the season.

And he said he took particular pleasure from coaching against Auriemma.

“I’d met Coach Auriemma a couple times at Final Fours,” Newlee said. “It is beyond respect what I have for Geno and what he has done for women’s basketball,” Newless said. “I feel like in a way, he’s like the James Naismith of modern women’s basketball. He has taken it into such a level. You hear UConn mentioned anywhere and you think women’s basketball, excellence, national championships. It is amazing what he has done.

“I really like how he respected our kids saying that we reminded him of when he started out way back when. Our players heard the quote and it was thrilling. Honestly, it’s like you’re on the floor with John Wooden. That is what he has done in the women’s basketball game.

“It was cool looking down there and seeing him coach. It was like, ‘Yep, there’s Geno.”

Auriemma reacted with characteristic humor.

“Does that mean I’m dead,” Auriemma said. “He didn’t mention [compare] me to anyone who was still living? And just think, I told the guys at Max’s [restaurant] to have some drinks ready for them when they got there for dinner.

“But I’m happy because it’s a long way from what I was being called last Monday [after the last Notre Dame loss]. I’ve progressed to Dr. Naismith and John Wooden.”

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23 thoughts on “James Naismith And John Wooden All In One

    1. Geno NO Naismith

      Geno isn’t James A. Naismith. Geno was born in Italy, James A. Was born in Canada. Geno modified women’s basketball–James A Invented basketball in Canada (later brought it to Springfield and Kansas).
      Geno isn’t John Wooden. Wooden was a master of the old time TEAM Mens basketball. Never, in public, raised his voice to his players. Geno can’t speak to his player without raising his voice. Wooden never swore, on the court, at home anywhere, Geno swears at his players in public.
      Geno in terms of motivating his players and getting the most from them–he is close. Geno has a ever changing code, he lives by. Wooden has a singular code and it was his mantra.

      But like Wooden Geno isn’t perfect has won more than his share of National titles. Has players who adore him. No he’s no John Wooden.

      1. Geno NO Naismith

        I am the authoratative figure on Naismith, Wooden, and Auriemma. In fact I taught them everything they don’t know.

        1. The Far Side

          I met all three of these gentlemen and neither one of them are who they are or who each other are and are not even a facsimile thereof. I want to be very clear about that.

          1. Neither-either

            Neither is never used with more than two.
            As Between is only used with 2 not with three or more–it becomes among.

            I must have met you when I worked for the Fed in DC–perfect “no” speak. A lot of words that says nothing.

          2. The Far Side

            To Neither-either between and among:

            Try this “On one hand, the senior management is working hard to save the company and your jobs. On the other hand, they have to take into account the financial situation of the company.” Let your subordinates scratch their heads and ponder your answer. This is the benefit of learning how to talk a lot and say nothing at all.

        2. Naismith,Wooden

          I would have to be 150 years old to have known James A. Naismith. But I did researsh on him, his life, and how he invented baskeball.
          I met, and followed John Wooden when he was at UCLA. To me he was and is the best coach the USA ever produced in basketball.
          I only know Geno via the media and a few phone conversations with him and some of the unpublished good deeds he and his team has done.
          You really caught me on this one–didn’t you??

    1. Steve Gee the Anti Troll

      This Steve Gee isn’t the real Steve. As Steve would say–just another jerk trolling the Uconn sites to try to get a rise out us.

      Steve is usually a class act, that’s how we all know who the true trolling lost soul is.

      1. Steve Gee The Thing

        Steve Gee is not a class act. It’s full of itself. It thinks it’s opinion is the only one that matters. It thinks it’s an expert on everything. It’s a loser in reality.

        1. Steve Gee

          Wow, I’m continually flattered that you take the time out of your certainly busy day to troll-post under my name on every story, most times even before I read it!

          Thank you for caring so deeply.

          On the other hand: What a great compliment to Geno by another one of his peers.
          How many compliments like this (from peers and former UConn players) Geno would get if the Geno-bashing crowd had anything right in their constant criticisms?

  1. Hojo

    No mention of the huge amount of empty seats at today’s game? I was there and was hoping it would fill up….but never did.

      1. The Far Side

        I drove to Idaho once just to stop at a Howard Johnsons many many years ago. Imagine my expression when I ordered potatoes and they said they didn’t have them on the menu. They told me to go to Maine.I had to drive all the way back to Connecticut with a potatoless belly. How’s that for a waste of money.

  2. FREDDYKOOL

    JOHN IS IT THE ECONOMY THAT IS HURTING ATTENDANCE OR IS IT THE UCONN NATION IS SO SPOILED TO ONLY WANNA PACK THE HOUSE FOR THE BIG GAMES? THE ECONOMY WAS BAD LAST YEAR HERE IN DELAND FLORIDA, BUT, THIS YEAR I SEE BIG IMPROVEMENT, NEW BUSINESS’S, NEW HOMES,AND A NEW ZING IN THE AIR, NOT SO IN CONNECTICUT? UR RESPONSE PLEASE, THANK YOU. GO HUSKIES!!! GO FOR “8”!!!

    1. The Unkool

      MOLLY MISS, FLORIDA IS SHOWING “SIGNS” OF IMPROVEMENT BECAUSE THEY WERE SO MUCH MORE DEPRESSED THAN CONNECTICUT–ANY MOVEMENT UPWARD IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT.
      STILL LOTS OF “FORECLOSED”, “WALK AWAY FROM” HOMES FOR SALE ALL OVER FLA. JUST GOOGLE “FORECLOSED HOMES IN FLA” YOU’LL SEE THOUSANDS.
      GENO IS THE GREATEST–NO JON WOODEN, JOHN PLAYED BASKETBALL IN INDIANA AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL. WOODEN WAS CALM, COOL (ON THE EXTERIOR). I FOLLOWED WOODEN FOR YEARS UNTIL HIS DEATH-UCLA WHILE WOODEN WAS IT’S COACH WAS ALMOST “AMERICA’S TEAM”, HIS TEAM MEMBERS WERE ROCK STARS.

    2. Freddy Kool-rueger

      Gino and CD throw their players under the bus in the media

      Gino and CD never take blame for being lousy coaches in crunch time

      Gino plays his favorites even when they fill up the box score with 0s

      Gino plays his favorites even when they shoot 0-11 and turn the ball over 5+ times

      Gino refuses to develop his players in meaningful games

      Gino and CD are too lazy to coach more than 7 players in a game

      Gino and CD are too lazy to coach more than 10 players in practice

      Gino and CD pretend like they’re great coaches but yet they don’t recruit outside the Top 50 and then develop the players into starters

  3. FREDDYKOOL

    AND THAT WAS QUITE A COMPLIMENT THE IDAHO COACH PAID OUR BELOVED GENO. ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE BASKETBALL GENIUS’S BAD MOUTHING GENO AFTER OUR 4 LOSSES. 30 WINS AGAIN, GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY!!!!!! GO 4 “8” UCONN!!!!

  4. dori

    I was also at the game yesterday and I believe the low attendance was due to the price of the tickets. When I purchased my ticket I had to buy the ‘three packet’ which was $40. for three games which was not a bad price for me. If you have a couple of kids you want to take (and you only want to go to the afternoon game) and you take into consideration the cost of the ticket, parking, refreshments, whatever it would be very costly. I will be at the next game on Monday night and if for some reason I will not be able to make it I will give my ticket to someone who would like to go free of charge.

    And let’s not start bashing the coaches again – show a little kindness -

  5. 96.32.176.0


    UConn is 7-6 in final four semi-finals and 7-0 in national championships. Those are the only meaningful numbers because UConn’s opponents had similar talent level. 30 wins in 18 out of 20 years proves that WCBB is still in the dark ages.

    Talent drop off in high school players from top 10 to top 100 is enormous. Tina, Maya, EDD, KML, Stewart versus Johnson, Buck, Engeln. Talent drop off from Top 100 to everyone else is so large it’s meaningless to measure.

    If the same WCBB teams keep getting the same kind of HS players, the results and the landscape won’t change. That’s the problem. So winning 30 games almost every year is not difficult when almost all of your competition is built from unranked high school players. UConn did not need any coaches to defeat Idaho. That game was an embarrassment to WCBB. Geno was kind enough to win only by 70 instead of 100, which was quite possible.

    Michala Johnson and Laruen Engeln were top 100 HS players. I think Johnson was 46 and Engeln 95. Yet those 2 players transferred from UConn because they would never play more than mop up duty. Two other WCBB teams gladly accepted them. UConn would not need coaches to defeat those 2 teams with Johnson and Engeln, even if Geno was coaching them.

    Baylor without Griner will still be a Top 10 team next season. Notre Dame without Diggins will still be a Top 10 team next season. UConn with 9 players will still be a Top 10 team. Tennessee with Mercedes Russell will still be a Top 10 team. So will Stanford, Duke, and Maryland. There just isn’t enough HS talent to change the WCBB landscape.

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