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Bob Knight is - deserving of respect! I am Orange and Blue through and through and I do not like the way he treated Henson or some of his comments towards the ILLINI. However I can NOT overlook his accomplishments. Okay OK he was from a different era and perhaps his ways are not acceptable today but to say anything other than what he accomplished and what he has done on and off the court is not worhty of respect is totally ludicrous! Bobby knight is a man's MAN!
Knight played by the (NCAA) rules, his players graduated, and his teams won (most often with lesss talent than his top competitors). Bottom Line, Bob Knight was a great coach.
Bobby Knight is a great coach who won with whomever that chose to play for him, and he mentored some of the best coaches of the present, and he won championships, but he became bigger than life, and his misteps were closely monitored and reported, but he chose to live by his standards, and the consequences of his actions led to the end of his coaching career, but his legend remains, and his thoughts on basketball are still highly regarded.
Bob Knight is (was) a great coach who was able to be highly successful using lesser talented athletes and making the whole worth more than the sum of the parts.
That being said, I think his style of coaching was emotionally draining on his players. I never saw a lot of joy on his players faces as they beat the pants off of you. It was almost like playing the Russians instead of a bunch of 19-20 year-old American kids.