Would you send your kid to play basketball under Bobby Knight?
Knight's disciplinarian mindset failed to attract local Indiana high school phenoms such as Shawn Kemp and Zach Randolph in a state where playing in Assembly Hall is a childhood dream. Top athletes simply refused to play for a madman and submit themselves to four years of brutality.
In the modern basketball landscape, players do not have to put up with that sort of physical or psychological abuse. Despite his coaching legacy, there are countless other coaches these days that can teach today's youth the game without leaving strangle marks around their necks.
Bobby Knight's name is synonymous with greatness. His accomplishments far outnumber the mistakes he has made out of passion. His numbers speak for themselves and his integrity by not recruiting in the wrong way is very admirable especially in this day and age. If you have a son ready to leave home for work or school, you will not be there to protect or take care of him. If your child were good enough to play division 1 basketball you would want someone to take care of them in your absence. To that parent Bobby Knight represents everything you would want in a person shaping your son's early adult life.
Interesting juxtaposition. I'm with him.
Knight always said he was preparing the kids for life, but he was fond of studying the campaigns of great generals. He often seemed to be like a drill sergeant getting his players ready for some kind of war, not a career of selling insurance or cars.