Known for his hard-nosed and somewhat controversial coaching style, Bobby Knight is one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history.
He also coached the U.S. men’s national basketball team to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics held in L.A.
His fierce passion for the game is captured in these quotes:
- “Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.”
- “All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.”
- “Everybody hears, but few listen.”
- “If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love was on channel 4, I’d watch the frogs even if they were coming in fuzzy.”
- “The key is not the “will to win” . . . everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”
- “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”
- “You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”
- “Everyone wants to be on a winning team, but no one wants to come to practice.”
- “Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.”
- “Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”
- “At one point, I said to the officials that you guys haven’t called walking for 20 years, now you don’t know what it is. When you call walking, you’re about half right.”
- “Why talk now when so many things have been said without ever giving me a chance to talk?”
- “I don’t have to wait until the next morning to regret something I did that was kinda dumb.”
- “If my primary purpose here at Indiana is to go out and win ballgames, I can probably do that as well as anybody can. I would just cheat, get some money from a lot of people around Indianapolis who want to run the operation that way, and just go out and get the best basketball players I can. Then we’d beat everybody.”
*Here is the main basketball quotes page.
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