Jerry West: Pete Newell left 'giant shadow' Print
Written by Admin   
Monday, 15 December 2008 13:42
NCAAB Headline News


 LOS ANGELES (AP) -Nearly seven decades after Pete Newell graduated from Loyola Marymount, more than 100 of his family members, former players and friends gathered at the Jesuit University on Monday morning to celebrate his legacy.
Newell, a Hall of Famer who was the first coach to guide a team to the NIT and NCAA championship and an Olympic gold medal, died on Nov. 17 at the age of 93.
Former Los Angeles Lakers player and general manager Jerry West was one of those who spoke of Newell's ability to touch the lives of others and the impact he made on basketball from college to the NBA and the women's game.
West, a 14-time All-Star whose silhouette is the model for the league's logo, paused several times to contain his emotion and grief over the loss of Newell, who was the Lakers general manager from 1972-76.
``The thing that stands out the most in my mind is the enormous humility this man had,'' said West, who played for Newell on the gold medal-winning 1960 Olympic team. ``He left a shadow, a giant shadow that people will walk in for a long time.
nning; how I would place enormous blame on myself when we didn't win and he always seemed to be able to say the right thing.''
West called playing for Newell and winning the gold medal the ``greatest thrill of my basketball career.''
Former UCLA coach John Wooden, who guided the Bruins to 10 national titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and assistant coach Frank Hamblen, former UCLA and Georgia coach Jim Harrick and former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian were among those who attended the memorial service that lasted nearly three hours.
``He was my coach, a mentor, a father figure and friend,'' said Bill McClintock, who played for Newell at Cal Berkeley in 1959 and 1960. ``He was an incredible man.
``He always had time for everyone. I could go nowhere with Pete whether it was Honolulu, Las Vegas, San Francisco or Chicago, he knew somebody.''
Wooden had a 9-9 record against Newell, who coached at the University of San Francisco, Cal Berkeley and Michigan State.
``Through the years we had some very competitive games,'' Wooden said. ``What I liked is, I think there was great mutual respect between the both of us and that's the way it should be.''
To the surprise of many, Newell retired from coaching team basketball at the age of 44 in 1960, a year after his Cal team won the NCAA championship.
and West believes he retired because of stress.
But Newell continued to impart his wisdom and passion for the game through the introduction of his widely respected Pete Newell's Big Man camp in the 1970s and started the Big Women's Basketball Camp in 2001.
He also traveled the world giving clinics and for speaking engagements.
Phoenix Suns vice president and Phoenix Mercury general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale expressed appreciation for the way Newell supported the women's game by agreeing to work with numerous WNBA, stars including Lisa Leslie and former player Rebecca Lobo.
``I think he welcomed everybody with open arms, that was who he was,'' said Meyers Drysdale, a four-time All-American at UCLA.
 

NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

#1 723 North Carolina 83%
#2 524 George Mason 83%
#3 730 Detroit U 82%
#4 772 Towson 81%
#5 735 Nebraska 80%
#6 572 Old Dominion 80%
#7 777 Sam Houston State 79%
#8 767 Yale 79%
#9 720 Virginia Tech 78%
#10 734 Indiana State 78%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NCAABB Futures

NCAA BASKETBALL TEAM MENS TOURNAMENT ODDS CURRENT
KENTUCKY 4/1
ARIZONA 8/1
DUKE 10/1
WISCONSIN 12/1
KANSAS 14/1
FLORIDA 14/1
NORTH CAROLINA 16/1
VILLANOVA 25/1
LOUISVILLE 28/1
WICHITA STATE 28/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com