Bobby Knight spoke to a crowd at the Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night in Carmel, Indiana. Knight said a few kind words about the Indiana faithful, even choking up momentarily in front of the 1,600 person crowd. According to those in attendance, Knight spoke for nearly 90 minutes. He offered few touching moments during the speech, instead using the platform mostly to take shots at the NCAA, referees, fellow coaches...and...you guessed it...Kentucky fans.
Knight went on a tirade about the "one and dones" for what feels like the millionth time in the past year or two.
"I think it's a disgrace. If I was an NBA general manager, I would never want to take a kid 18, 19 years old, a year out of college. I'd wait until someone else worked two or three years with him to adjust him to the NBA and I'd trade a draft pick."
Fair enough. There's probably a reason (or a hundred) why Bobby Knight is not an NBA general manager. Knight didn't shy away in his speech on Saturday night though from using the word "Kentucky." He brought up the fact that the Kentucky fans were upset with his apparent omission of their name when discussing the best teams in the country during the March Madness coverage on ESPN.
"Kentucky managed to get irritated over that because I mentioned them as the SEC team rather than Kentucky. Well they might not have known that Kentucky was in the SEC. I thought that was always a possibility with them."
Huh? Sounds like a bit of a dig if you ask me. I thought we were through with him for a while. Just remember what Coach Cal said earlier this week: "Don't let anyone steal our joy." Especially not Bobby Knight. To read the full article about Knight's speech from the Indy Star, click here.