Bob Knight was the head coach at IU during my years at Purdue, and I remember thinking he must be the worst human being to play for. Now, after all these years, he seems to have changed a bit and I grow a bit, and I start to respect the fact that he did win a lot of games. He talks about a lot of them in his new book "The Power of Negative Thinking."
I finish his book and realize he is the exact opposite of Danny Hope. He demanded discipline and he is all about preparation and winning, all of these are not in Hope's dictionary. He specifically talks about polyanna coaches in the book, which he gave this piece of advice, "You've got to quit playing up your recruits so much. You keep telling your fans you are getting the greatest QB in the country or the greatest something-else, and after a while of course they expect all those great recruits to make a great team. Just keep your mouth shut." Of course, the coach didn't listen, and the fans lamented, "If we're half as good as this coach says we are going to be, we'll be all right." Sounds familiar?
As for basketball, it’s all about getting rid of those things that amount to a deal-breaker. Our 2012-13 team seems to break everyone of those, and no wonder we lost in the CBI:
- Poor ball handling
- Bad shots
- Slow recovery from offense to defense
- Bad fouls and poor foul-shooting
- Poor blocking out of opponents in rebounding
- Go-it-alone, uncoordinated defense
In conclusion, I don't want a coach like Knight nor do I want a coach like Hope, but I'd rather have a Knight than Hope. Thankfully, we don't have to choose. I am thankful that we seem to have two tough but fair coaches in Painter and Hazell, and that they are no-nonsense yet not a monster either. Both of our teams are young and with lots of potential. I feel optimistic about our future. Boiler Up!