Legendary coach Bob Knight took some time to visit with the Ball State men’s basketball team Thursday afternoon before a speaking engagement on campus.
Knight stopped by the weight room in Worthen Arena to meet with the Cardinals after practice. He spoke about a variety of topics, ranging from experiences with his teams to the value of a college degree and the importance of teammates working hard and pushing one another.
“There are two things in basketball that are important,” Knight told the team. “One is to play hard and the other one is to play smart. If you can do those two things then you have a chance to really help your team.”
The former coach was in town for “An Evening with Coach Bob Knight” at Emens Auditorium.
A coach for more than 40 years at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech, Knight compiled 902 career victories, which was an NCAA Division I record at the time of his retirement. He won three national championships with Indiana and coached the United States to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Ball State is in the midst of preseason practice as the team prepares for the 2013-14 campaign, its first under head coach James Whitford.
The Cardinals will host an exhibition game Nov. 4 against Marian before opening the regular season on the road Nov. 9 at in-state rival Indiana State.