by Brett Edwards
Apparently there was an incident involving Bobby Knight popping one of his players in the face the other day. I know, shocking, right? NO WAY Bobby Knight would do anything like that! In case you haven't seen it, check it out here.
Several NBA coaches are actually siding with coach Knight on this one, here are some of the quotes:
George Karl: "In today's world, we can't go away from tough love and tough coaching," Karl said. "All (Knight) was trying to do was get eye contact, which I think is important for young people and young players. I wish more NBA players would make eye contact with the coaches."
Pat Riley: ''It's typical of Bobby Knight hysteria from the media calling for his head,'' Riley said. 'I didn't see anything wrong with that. I do that myself. I never do it in public. It's like a little love tap. My father used to hit me in the face all the time, like 'Wake up.' The player realizes he was just trying to get his attention.''
Isiah Thomas: "I thought it was great."
Isiah later added that effective immediately, he would begin slapping players in the face if they were subbed out for not playing well. He hopes this new tactic will shock and embarrass his team into playing better.
OK, I just made that up. But at this point in the Isiah Thomas reign in New York, would anything surprise you?