Days of Knight: How the General Changed My Life

Days of Knight: How the General Changed My Life

Days of Knight: How the General Changed My Life

Days of Knight: How the General Changed My Life

Synopsis

What happens when a 6' 9" kid from Lobelville, Tennessee is recruited by legendary basketball coach Bob Knight? Kirk Haston's life was changed forever with just a two-minute phone call. Containing previously unknown Knight stories, anecdotes, and choice quotes, fans will gain an inside look at the notoriously private man and his no-nonsense coaching style. Which past Hoosier basketball greats returned to talk to and practice with current teams? How did Knight mentally challenge his players in practices? How did the players feel when Knight was fired? In this touching and humorous book, Haston shares these answers and more, including his own Hoosier highs--shooting a famous three-point winning shot against number one ranked Michigan State--and lows--losing his mom in a heartbreaking tornado accident. Days of Knight is a book every die-hard IU basketball fan will treasure.

Excerpt

How does an eighteen-year-old from a small town in Tennessee, who went to a high school with 300 students, go to Indiana University and the Big Ten to play basketball for one of the greatest basketball coaches in the history of the game, Coach Bob Knight? It’s still hard to imagine how I managed to travel down that road, and when I started there was no way I realized that my decision to be a Hoosier and play for Coach Knight would positively impact my life to such a degree. I also had no way of knowing that my first three seasons at Indiana would be the last three seasons that Knight would coach there.

My mom, Patti Kirk Haston, gave me a great gift and a terrific piece of advice when I left for Bloomington for the first time in the summer of 1997. She gave me a journal and told me, “You’ll be glad someday that you wrote some things down about playing for Coach Knight.” This suggestion was similar to most of the advice I received from my mom—it was absolutely correct. During my years of playing for Coach Knight I wrote down pages and pages of stories, quotes, comments, and conversations that I was fortunate enough to experience as an Indiana Hoosier. Almost every day during the season I wrote notes in my journal and also in my red notebook, a notebook that Coach Knight gave to each player and required us to have at every team meet-

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