It makes sense until you think about it. Then you come out the other side and it’s sensible again. Wooden’s musing speaks to responsibility, balance, and composure simultaneously. Plus, it sounds a lot cooler when Bill Walton is yelling it at Dave Pasch heading into a commercial break.
Sometimes coaches just have to throw up their hands during a season and crack a joke to keep the dread at bay. Hall of Famer George Raveling knows something about struggle; he was on the podium with Martin Luther King Jr. when the civil rights leader gave his “I Have a Dream" speech. Dr. King handed his manuscript for it to the young Raveling. Compared to that, an especially harrowing run for his Washington State Cougars must have seemed entirely manageable, when he dropped this chestnut: