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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Conversation with

1995 NCAA Champion Tyus Edney

UCLA Black Alumni Association & UCLA Afrikan Student Union

Cordially Invite You to Attend a Premiere Book Signing!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's

Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
Published by Grand Central Publishing - May 16, 2017


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Conversation with
1995 NCAA Champion, Tyus Edney

Saturday, May 27, 2017

On the Campus of UCLA

@ Pauley Pavilion
301 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

2:00 pm
UBAA Winston Doby Legacy Scholarship VIP Reception

Introductions by UCLA Alumni Association President

Christine Simmons
$100 Donation 

3:30 pm
The Conversation 
Introductions by ESPN Broadcast Journalist

Cari Champion
Open Event 

Book Signing Immediately Following
(Coach Wooden and Me Available for Sale at Pauley Pavilion 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Please Park in Structure 7 - $12
(Corner of Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place)


About Coach Wooden and Me

The book is about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 50 years of friendship with Coach John Wooden, who were brought together by the game of basketball and formed one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left New York City to play basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship that ended with Kareem sitting at his 99-year old coach's bedside on a June evening in 2010, holding his hand, just before he died. This is the story of their enduring friendship, both on and off the court. 

On the court, Abdul-Jabbar led UCLA to three national champions, and was named the Outstanding Player in the NCAA for each of those years-a feat that has yet to be matched in college basketball. Wooden coached UCLA for 27 seasons and won more NCAA championships than any other coach in history. 

Off the court, they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect. They came together at the height of the civil rights era, and Coach Wooden made sure that every player on his team got the same opportunity and was treated equally. Even when Kareem controversially adopted the Muslim faith, and changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wooden was there to support him. 

Abdul-Jabbar will intimately reveal the lessons Coach Wooden taught from putting your socks on right, to the philosophies in his famous "Pyramid of Success”, and how they shaped his life, and more generally take you back to the basics of what a coach should be. Part memoir, and part inspirational, this book is filled with untold stories about the famous pair; private correspondence; exclusive interviews with other teammates and coaches, friends, and even family, on Coach Wooden's impact; and much more. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach, and the author of many New York Times bestsellers. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for many news outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age, and pop culture. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador and in 2016 Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service. He lives in Southern California.

Tyus Edney is a former professional basketball player and current assistant men's basketball coach at UCLA. At only 5 feet 10 inches, he was the point guard for UCLA from 1991 to 1995, leading the Bruins to the 1995 NCAA National Championship, the last championship won by UCLA. His game-winning shot for UCLA in the 2nd Round of the 1995 NCAA National Championship is considered to be one of the most famous plays in NCAA Tournament history. An All-EuroLeague First Team selection twice, he led the Sacramento Kings to their first ever playoff victory and Zalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 EuroLeague title. He is regarded by many as one of the best all-time European point guards.

Kareem and Tyus

Christine Simmons is president and chief operations officer of the Los Angeles Sparks,

one of the founding WNBA teams with two league titles and the most playoff appearances

in the WNBA history. Simmons brings more than a decade of leadership experience in creating

strategic alliances, leading business development and driving corporate initiatives to the role,

most recently serving as executive vice president of Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Simmons serves as the president of the UCLA Alumni Association. She has earned a number

of honors, including Alumnus of the Year 2012 by the UCLA Black Alumni Association, as well

as the Top 25 Women of Power Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus magazine and the

Who's Who in Black Los Angeles.


Cari Champion is a broadcast journalist and television personality on the nation’s largest

sports network, ESPN. Currently an anchor for ESPN’s flagship program, "Sports Center,"

Champion’s media credits include hosting ESPN’s "First Take" and reporting/anchoring for the Tennis Channel. As host on espnW’s "Be Honest with Cari Champion," she takes a fresh look at sports and pop culture through the lens of artists like Ice Cube to that of educator/author Michael Eric Dyson. An English major and mass communications minor, Champion also wrote for the Daily Bruin while at UCLA.

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