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Would you let your son play for Bob Knight

 
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Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« on: January 01, 2007, 01:59:51 PM »

As a youth AAU basketball coach, I respect his new record, but not the coach.   I definitely can get my kids attention w/out yelling, kicking, screaming, and or cursing.

Ultimately, it would be my son's decision, but I couldn't see my son playing for Knight.

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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2007, 02:03:25 PM »

not sure.  he's definitely a hoops genius and motivator.  gotta wonder when his next 'snap' will be though


west texas life seems to have calmed him down just a touch.
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2007, 02:49:16 PM »

'perntley in the top 3, on the wish list of the Gophers.
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2007, 02:51:26 PM »

No.
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2007, 04:47:57 PM »

I'd have to say no.  I can't come to terms with his methods, not to mention that I think he's more than a bit looney.

If my kid were that good, there are enough other great coaches of much more respectable cloth than Knight that he could play for.
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2007, 06:38:08 AM »

Only 4 responses.   Huh? Huh?
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2007, 06:51:24 AM »

No.  I think part of a sports coach's job in college is to instill values gained from sport and that carry over into life.  I think Knight is a poor role model and falls short in that regard.

If my kid were that good at basketball, he'd be an anomaly in my family.  Aside from that, we'd likely assess the BB program at the colleges he'd consider.  One strike against the Texas Tech program is the risk that Knight might be suspended/fired, which could happen at any time and leave the program in the lurch.
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2007, 07:02:06 AM »

Only 4 responses.   Huh? Huh?

Here's another for ya. Wink Cheesy
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Re: Would you let your son play for Bob Knight
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2007, 09:29:38 AM »

Only 4 responses.   Huh? Huh?

be patient

it seems to me that eventually, your kids will get exposed to *bunghole* coaches if they play sports long enough.

My daughter ran into the Bobby Knight of highschool fastpitch softball this past season.  The guy wasn't quite as bad as Knight, but even so, he managed to squeeze out most of the fun the girls get from playing. They only lost two games all season, but the way they moped off the field after the final huddle following the last game, you'd have thought they'd only won two games all season.

My son played football for the first time this past fall.  Mind you, this is a rec league of 5th and 6th grade kids, mostly, so it ranks 1,873,892,013,562 on the list of big deals.  He had some decent coaches who seemed to make it reasonably fun, even though they had a pretty bad team, and Blader Jr is jacked to play again next year, which is a good sign.  But there were some coaches out there in that league who won a lot of games and probably the league championship doing the Bobby Knight thing, who I'm sure will have run off at least half the kids who played on their teams.

In hindsight, I probably could have played baseball in college someplace, but I remember quite clearly my very last high school game thinking, "thank god I don't have to do this anymore."  Our coach and the summer Legion coaches just had a way of not making it fun to the point you were looking forward to never playing again.

My dad played football at Notre Dame under Frank Leahy and the experience really jaded him.  He was a stud high school player, basically the best RB in his city, but after a few years under the golden dome, he could not get out of Notre Dame soon enough.

I guess my point is, Bobby Knight is hardly unique and you'll find him at all levels in sports and it's less a question of "would you let your kid play for him"  as it is "how would you advise your kid if he get's stuck playing for a Bobby Knight?"
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