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photo On top of the world

For the gray-haired legend in the blue blazer and shimmering khaki slacks, basketball is as straightforward as it can be.

It comes easily to him ÷÷ obviously, considering he has more than 600 career wins.

For everything he has done in his 29-year career as a head coach, it will all come together tomorrow when Lute Olson will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ¸ on tape because he is in Italy for his son's wedding. [Read article]

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Keeping company with the very best

Tomorrow, the Basketball Hall of Fame will welcome six new members into its family. Joining UA head coach Lute Olson will be five other legends, including players, a coach and an entire team.

Earvin ╬Magic' Johnson

As a 6-foot-9 point guard, Earvin "Magic" Johnson had the ability to confuse defenses in a way no one else could. Every game was a personal highlight reel for the "Magic Man." Whether it was his patented baby hook shot, behind-the-back passes that seemed to be generated from nowhere or his clutch ability whenever the game relied on him, Magic delivered. [Read article]

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photo Lucky Lute: The story of Tucson's leading man

The legendary coach who turned the UA basketball program into a national powerhouse finally gets his place in the Hall

He needed a change. After a Final Four appearance and nine successful seasons at the helm, something was still missing. He soon found it in Tucson, of all places.

He left his statewide celebrity status that didn't allow him to enjoy a restaurant dinner without interruption. [Read article]

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Lute Olson's Wildcats in the NBA draft

1984
Leon Wood ÷ 10th / Philadelphia

1985
Pete Williams ÷ 89th / Denver
Eddie Smith ÷ 158th / Denver

1988
Tom Tolbert ÷ 34th / Charlotte
Steve Kerr ÷ 50th / Phoenix [Read article]

Off the court

How do you feel about Lute Olson being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

"It's definitely overdue."

÷ Monica Armenta
men's basketball secretary

[Read article]

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Lute Olson: A Timeline
· 1973 ÷ Begins coaching career at Long Beach State. Finishes first season with 24-2 record.
· 1979 ÷ Leads Iowa to Big Ten title, and NCAA Tournament (First Round).
· 1980 ÷ Iowa reaches Final Four ÷÷ Olson's first.
· 1983 ÷ Last postseason appearance with Iowa (Midwest Regional).
· 1983 ÷ First season at Arizona ÷ Team finishes 11-17 (eighth in Pac-10). [Read article]

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How did he get there

A look at the career of a legend

Lute Olson

Career Record:
­663-235 (.738) in 29 years overall
­471-143 (.767) in 19 years at Arizona
­167-91 (.647) in nine years at Iowa
­24-2 (.923) in one year at Long Beach St.
­Pac-10 Championships ÷ 9 (1986, 1988, 1989,1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000)
­Final Four Appearances ÷ 5 (1980- Iowa, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001) [Read article]

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