Bobby Knight Quotes

bobby knight quotes

 

The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

-Bobby Knight

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.

-Bobby Knight

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

-Bobby Knight

Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.

-Bobby Knight

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.

-Bobby Knight

Well, I think it’s pretty much established that I just didn’t have any interest in coaching in the pros.

-Bobby Knight

Failure, to me, is not having the desire to try. Having the desire to try is in its own way success.

-Bobby Knight

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

Discipline: doing what you have to do, and doing it as well as you possibly can, and doing it that way all the time.

-Bobby Knight

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.

-Bobby Knight

Everybody hears, but few listen.

-Bobby Knight

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.

-Bobby Knight

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

-Bobby Knight

I’m an unemployed teacher right now and I’m looking for a place to teach.

-Bobby Knight

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

-Bobby Knight

As his team prepares, a coach’s entire being must be concentrated on winning games.

-Bobby Knight

 

 

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

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

-Bobby Knight

Good basketball always starts with good defense!

-Bobby Knight

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

-Bobby Knight

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

-Bobby Knight

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.’

-Bobby Knight

When my time on earth is gone and my activities here are past, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.

-Bobby Knight

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.

-Bobby Knight

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.’

-Bobby Knight

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.

-Bobby Knight

 

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