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Bobby Knight Quote: “Discipline is knowing what to do. Knowing when to do it. Doing it to the best of your abilities. Doing it that way every single time.”

Discipline is knowing what to do. Knowing when to do it. Doing it to the best of your abilities. Doing it that way every single time.

— Bobby Knight



Bobby Knight Quote: “Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time.”

Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I don’t believe in luck, I believe in preparation.”

I don’t believe in luck, I believe in preparation.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.”

Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “It is better to anticipate than to react.”

It is better to anticipate than to react.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes.”

Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “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!”

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!

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Good basketball always starts with good defense!”

Good basketball always starts with good defense!

— Bobby Knight



Bobby Knight Quote: “In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.”

In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Practice structure determines success.”

Practice structure determines success.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.”

A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”

Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player.”

We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.”

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “People change over the years, and that changes situations for good and for bad.”

People change over the years, and that changes situations for good and for bad.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “As coaches we talk about two things: offense and defense. There is a third phase we neglect, which is more important. It’s conversion from offense to defense and defense to offense.”

As coaches we talk about two things: offense and defense. There is a third phase we neglect, which is more important. It’s conversion from offense to defense and defense to offense.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “BS is just what it stands for, an MS is More of the Same, and a PhD is Piled Higher and Deeper.”

BS is just what it stands for, an MS is More of the Same, and a PhD is Piled Higher and Deeper.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Basketball may have been invented in Massachusetts, but it was made for Indiana.”

Basketball may have been invented in Massachusetts, but it was made for Indiana.

— Bobby Knight



Bobby Knight Quote: “Don’t fight the rabbits. If you fight the rabbits, the elephants are going to kill you.”

Don’t fight the rabbits. If you fight the rabbits, the elephants are going to kill you.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”

You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I’ve never felt my job was to win basketball games – rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life.”

I’ve never felt my job was to win basketball games – rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “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.”

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.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “The biggest difficulty in getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.”

The biggest difficulty in getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play.”

Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I was worried about losing until I looked down the floor and saw Dale Brown. Then I knew we had a chance.”

I was worried about losing until I looked down the floor and saw Dale Brown. Then I knew we had a chance.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper.”

Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Son, my name isn’t Knight to you, it’s Coach Knight or it’s Mr. Knight. I don’t call people by their last name and neither should you.”

Son, my name isn’t Knight to you, it’s Coach Knight or it’s Mr. Knight. I don’t call people by their last name and neither should you.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots.”

What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.”

To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “The structure of your practice is the main reason for your success or lack of success as a coach.”

The structure of your practice is the main reason for your success or lack of success as a coach.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I sit and wonder why no one uses the shot fake. The shot fake, when used correctly, can eliminate a defender.”

I sit and wonder why no one uses the shot fake. The shot fake, when used correctly, can eliminate a defender.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I would rather be thought of as a teacher than a coach.”

I would rather be thought of as a teacher than a coach.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love were on channel 4, I’d watch the frogs, even if they were coming in fuzzy.”

If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love were on channel 4, I’d watch the frogs, even if they were coming in fuzzy.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Offense is not equal opportunity.”

Offense is not equal opportunity.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn’t like to play against.”

A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn’t like to play against.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “You play ball against yourself; your opponent is your potential.”

You play ball against yourself; your opponent is your potential.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “This is like the town council just hired a new marshal to clean up the town, I guarantee you, if I stay here long enough, they’ll get rid of me, too.”

This is like the town council just hired a new marshal to clean up the town, I guarantee you, if I stay here long enough, they’ll get rid of me, too.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice.”

Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.”

Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I hate casual shooting. Every shot is preceded by working to get open and catch and shoot under game like conditions.”

I hate casual shooting. Every shot is preceded by working to get open and catch and shoot under game like conditions.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I recognize that I have a problem with my temper. For those times it has ever caused me to do anything that gave anyone understandable and justifiable reason to be upset, I am sincerely sorry.”

I recognize that I have a problem with my temper. For those times it has ever caused me to do anything that gave anyone understandable and justifiable reason to be upset, I am sincerely sorry.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “People want national championship banners. People want to talk about Indiana being competitive. How do we get there? We don’t get there with milk and cookies.”

People want national championship banners. People want to talk about Indiana being competitive. How do we get there? We don’t get there with milk and cookies.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I think that to stop an offense, you must go to the heart of that offense. If it is a particular move, a screen, the break, an outstanding scorer, whatever it is that they like to do and rely on, you have to work in your plans on taking that completely or as much as possible away from them.”

I think that to stop an offense, you must go to the heart of that offense. If it is a particular move, a screen, the break, an outstanding scorer, whatever it is that they like to do and rely on, you have to work in your plans on taking that completely or as much as possible away from them.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I’m not sure that an athlete is prepared to be a role model. He has a lot of attention paid to him that he shouldn’t have, and then the athletes tend to think of themselves as better than they are.”

I’m not sure that an athlete is prepared to be a role model. He has a lot of attention paid to him that he shouldn’t have, and then the athletes tend to think of themselves as better than they are.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “I’ve never predicted anything. All I have ever said is, that we will do the very best we can.”

I’ve never predicted anything. All I have ever said is, that we will do the very best we can.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation.”

To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “You remember when you were a kid growing up, and believed in Santa Claus? There’s not much difference between Santa Claus and me today, you know. We’re two overweight lovable guys that kids really enjoy.”

You remember when you were a kid growing up, and believed in Santa Claus? There’s not much difference between Santa Claus and me today, you know. We’re two overweight lovable guys that kids really enjoy.

— Bobby Knight


Bobby Knight Quote: “There are times when my passion for basketball led me into confrontations that I could have handled a lot better. I’ve always been too confrontational, especially when I know I’m right.”

There are times when my passion for basketball led me into confrontations that I could have handled a lot better. I’ve always been too confrontational, especially when I know I’m right.

— Bobby Knight

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