Bobby Knight Best Quotes

Robert Montgomery “Bob” Knight is a retired American basketball coach. Nicknamed “The General,” Knight won 902 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games, the most all-time at the time of his … Enjoy Bobby Knight’s best quotes below.

“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”
“My dad was a very quiet person, and unbelievably tough. But my grandmother gave me my first look at negative thinking to bring about positive results. When I was just a little guy, anytime I came to my grandmother and said I wish for this or that, Grandma would say, ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.’”
“I think that we as a people are always prone to think about, well, tomorrow will be a better day. Well, why will it be a better day? And I think the more that we believe in doing things better, doing the right thing rather than hoping that that’s going to happen, let’s make it happen.”
“People change over the years, and that changes situations for good and for bad.”
“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”
“When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass!”
“Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”
“I watched the guy that hits a home run, and he comes across the plate and he points skyward, like thanking for the help from the Almighty to hit the home run. And as he does that, I say to myself, ‘God screwed the pitcher.’ And I don’t know how else you look at it.”
“I don’t have to wait until the next morning to regret something I did that was kinda dumb.”
“If I were involved with the NBA, I wouldn’t want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA. I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I’ve been watching on another team, and now he’s 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid.”
“The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”
“All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.”
“I’ve always felt that, you know, the Almighty has a lot of things to do other than help my basketball team.”
“And I would be the first to admit that probably, in a lot of press conferences over the time that I have been in coaching, indulging my own sense of humor at press conferences has not been greatly to my benefit.”
“All the years I coached, we sent a card to every professor for each kid I had, and I was able to keep track on a daily basis who cut class or who was dropping a grade average. What I did was bring that kid in at 5:00 in the morning, and he would run the stairs from the bottom to the top until I told him to quit.”
“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.”
“I have always maintained that in basketball the importance of the mental to the physical is about four to one.”
“As I’ve said, basketball has been, I think, a real cooperative venture. There have been a lot of people that have been involved in it: coaches, administrators – not recently – fans and nobody, nobody any more so than students over the years.”
“Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA.”
“As his team prepares, a coach’s entire being must be concentrated on winning games.”
“Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.”
“I’ve never predicted anything. All I have ever said is, that we will do the very best we can.”
“Why talk now when so many things have been said without ever giving me a chance to talk?”
“If I came in to recruit your son, I would tell you, your wife, and your son, that I will be the most demanding coach your son can play for.”
“I’m an unemployed teacher right now and I’m looking for a place to teach.”
“I don’t think I have ever been out of control.”
“I don’t intend to retire.”
“During my 40-year coaching career at West Point, Indiana and Texas Tech, my teams reached the Final Four on five occasions, winning the national championship three times.”
“Well, I think it’s pretty much established that I just didn’t have any interest in coaching in the pros.”
“I enjoyed needling the press. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have done it. Writers have rarely played, so as a coach, you have antagonistic feelings about some guy writing up the story of the game who’s never even attempted to play it.”
“I think that it’s perhaps harder to learn from victory than it is from defeat. I think that we don’t want defeat. We don’t want defeat in sport. We don’t want defeat in life. How are we going to be beaten? All right. We have to deal with those things. What’s going to cause us to lose the game, whatever the game might be?”
“When I first started coaching, one of the worst things that I think I heard was ‘It will be O.K.’ I would wonder, ‘How the hell is it going to be O.K.?’ The worst word in the English language is ‘hope.’”

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