Bobby Knight holds court
Well, Bob Knight certainly set the standard that all the other coaches will have to live up to today. (Aside from his sweater choice - diamond pattern, in varying shades of brown -- which was questionable at best.)
He touched on a range of issues, from tournament size to the quality of officiating to the NBA's age limit. Some highlights:
He thinks the ideal tournament size is 32 teams, chosen by a computer. No automatic bids. The tournament committee should be comprised of former basketball coaches, like Dean Smith, John Thompson, Jud Heathcote, instead of athletic directors - "Nothing else in society that's important do you have amateurs making decisions." He thinks the current tournament chair, Princeton AD and former (Dartmouth!) hoops coach Gary Walters should be the permanent chair, because he's bright and he knows basketball.
He thinks officials should be limited to working three games a week. He says that he watched an ACC game in which there were 27 uncalled walking violations.
But the unquestioned highlight of the session was his exchange with Bob Ryan, the Boston Globe columnist and part-time PTI star.
Ryan: Coach, what do you most like about the make-up of this team, and what concerns you most about them?
Knight: Where the hell did you get that tan?
Ryan: Florida. Spring training, hanging out with your buddy LaRussa. So what do you like most about your team?
Knight: What did you like most about the Cardinals?
Ryan: Albert Pujols.
Knight: That's a brilliant answer for a writer. I'm not kidding you, that is really good. You kind of stuck it to me with that answer. I didn't think you could come up with anything that good.
[Knight proceeds to answer Ryan's question.]
Knight: I'm not sure that's as good an answer as Albert Pujols. It kind of pissed me off that you came up with such a good answer. I had a lot of great retorts, but you screwed me out of all of them.
Knight ended his presser by saying that he'll be on his deathbed, and his wife will ask him what he's thinking about, and he'll say, "You cannot believe that son of a [expletive] Ryan came up with Pujols." As he walked down the hall, you could still hear him say, "Pujols! Pujols!"
March 14, 2007; 11:09 AM ET
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