Sorry, Coach K: There’s only one greatest, and he was at Westwood

A Los Angeles Times columnist lays out his case why UCLA's John Wooden, and not Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, can claim the title of the greatest college basketball coach of all time.



June 11, 2021 - 1:05 PM

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden at the 10th Anniversary John R. Wooden Classicin 2014. Photo by Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times / TNS

LOS ANGELES — There’s an obvious four-word rebuttal for anyone who says that Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, as great as he’s been, is the greatest college basketball coach of all time.

Goodness gracious sakes alive!

The folksy, homespun John Wooden would hate this greatness debate, but it’s 2021 and that means every pundit on ESPN and random fan on Twitter has weighed in since Krzyzewski announced his retirement this month following a farewell season.

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