Episode 128: Swen Nater, Former UCLA and NBA Player

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Swen Nater won two NCAA Championships as a basketball player for the legendary John Wooden at UCLA. He would become the first player to ever be a NBA first round draft choice despite never starting a college game. During the 1973-74 season, Swen would earn ABA Rookie of the Year status. He would go on to play professional basketball for 12 years for the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Spurs, and Nets. He is the only player in basketball history to lead the ABA and the NBA in rebounding. At the 2004 NBA All-Star game, he was officially named "Mr. Clipper". After retiring as a player, he would go on to help start the Christian Heritage athletic department and lead the men's basketball team to a National Championship. Today, he is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and executive of a Fortune 500 company.

In today’s episode, we discuss:
  • His unbelievable story of going from an orphanage to finding his parents on an American TV show.
  • Playing for the legendary coach John Wooden
  • What made him such a great rebounder
  • The journey of not playing basketball in high school to being a bench player in college to being selected as a first-round draft pick in the NBA
  • ... and so much more!!!

Resources, Books, and Links

Website: SwenNater.me

Twitter: @SwenNater1

Books by Swen Nater . . .

Articles of Interest . . .

Past "Success is a Choice" podcast episodes of interest . . .

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