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In Knight, Bob Knight recounts his basketball days as a player at Ohio State and a coach at Indiana with enough detail to satisfy even the most hard-core basketball junkies. The fiery coaching icon, known in part for his acrimonious relationship with the press, spices the text with his side of the story on the numerous controversies surrounding him.
With three championships and impeccable graduation rates, Knight proved with the Indiana Hoosiers that a coach could win and still obey the rules. Gold medals at the Pan-American Games in 1979 and the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 only solidified Knight's basketball-coaching props. Clearly, Knight cares for and is even protective of his student-athletes. He writes, "Our big problem in college basketball is not with the kids we lose to the pros but the ones we pervert the process to admit…".
On the flip side, Knight's temper, hostility to the press, and player confrontations brought about serious ethical questions, ultimately leading to his dismissal from Indiana. Knight admits in the book that he's had a temper problem, and that has not always been right, but such admissions are sparse relative to the blizzard of denials and counteraccusations levied herewith. Typical of his sheer arrogance: "Being right and being quiet never has been a combination I was very good at." Certainly being right is a better strategy than being wrong -- there's no reason to yell about it.
Overall, though, he keeps Knight positive. An astounding number of personal testimonials -- prominent among them fishing buddy Ted Williams and former president and fellow pheasant hunter George H. W. Bush -- are evidence that Knight is indeed a people-person. He's defiant to the end, and readers on either side of the fence will find plenty of ammunition for or against the General. (Brenn Jones)