Pete Newell

Pete, the genius Basketball coach and teacher who died on Nov. 17 at 93, was the most lovable man I've ever met. In 1959 his University of California, Berkeley, team beat my West Virginia squad by a single point in the national championship game. The following year, I had the honor of playing for Pete in the Olympics. We won gold, and I realized how special he was. He just had a way of lifting everyone around him.

Pete later started his legendary camp for big men, which helped many great pro and collegiate players, like Bill Walton and Shaquille O'Neal,...

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