UCLA's Pauley Pavilion basketball court to be replaced after flood

Saturday August 2nd, 2014

The court where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton played their college ball — inside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion — will be replaced because of damage caused by 20 million gallons of water that flooded the court earlier this week, athletics director Dan Guerrero announced on Friday.

A nearby water main break caused the flood, which dumped 10 inches of water onto the court.

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The floor will be replaced by the end of October, Guerrero said, so no regular-season basketball games are expected to be affected.

The 13,800-seat Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136 million upgrade in 2012, and Guerrero said the current floor cost $500,000, according to an ESPN report.

Wrote Guerrero in a statement: "In my message to you on Tuesday, I noted two of Coach Wooden’s quotes applicable to our challenge. Today, I provide you with another well-known quote: 'Be quick, but don’t hurry.'"

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