JOHN WOODEN

n Born in 1910. ... Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach. ... Guided UCLA to 10 NCAA championships at UCLA, winning 665 games in 12 seasons (1963-75). ... Four of his teams posted perfect 30-0 records. ... Retied from coaching in 1975. ... A three-time All-American as a guard at Purdue (1930-32), he once made 134 consecutive free throws with a barnstorming pro team.

DR. JAMES NAISMITH

n Born in 1861, he's the inventor of the game of basketball. He was working as a P.E. teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass., when he developed the game as an indoor winter sport. ... Oddly, he's the only University of Kansas men's basketball coach with a losing record (55-60). ... Also given credit for introducing the use of a helmet in football. ... Naismith died in 1939.

DEAN SMITH

n Born in 1931. ... Current career victory leader in Division I basketball (879-254), mainly at North Carolina (1958-97). ... Four-time national coach of the year and cach of two national champions (1982, 1993). ... Team graduation rate under Smith's direction: 77.6 percent. ... Played college basketball for legendary Phog Allen at University of Kansas.

OSCAR ROBERTSON

n Born in 1938 in Tennessee. ... Set 19 school and 14 NCAA records in his college career at the University of Cincinnati. Co-captain of 1960 Olympic gold-medal basketball team. Regarded as one of the greatest all-around NBA players (career: 25.7 points, 9.5 assists, 7.5 rebounds). ... Three-time high school All-State selection in Indiana, leading Crispus Attucks High to state titles in 1955 and 1956.

BILL RUSSELL

n Born in 1934. ... Led University of San Francisco to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956. ... Played a central role for the Boston Celtics team that won 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons, including eight straight at point point. ... Generally considered the best defensive center ever to play the game. ... Named NBA's first black coach in 1966, while still an active player. ... Retired in 1969.

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