Bob Knight Writing A Book
Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst Bob Knight once said that “all of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.” Well, maybe not.
Knight tells South Bend Tribune reporter Eric Hansen that he is writing a book. The title? “The Power of Negative Thinking.”
“I’ve always thought the things that we look upon negatively are extremely important,” Knight said. “Like the word ‘no.’ I think the word ‘no’ is the most important word in the English language. I think people learning to say no keep themselves out of a lot more trouble than those that don’t.”
Knight assured that this would come across humorously in the book. The opportunity to challenge that overtly wasn’t taken.
“Let me give you some examples,” he said, addressing the skeptic-laced silence on the other end of the phone, “like the worn-out positive clichés people use instead of working out something:
“‘Well, we’ll be a lot fresher after a night’s sleep.’ Well, you might be dumber after a night’s sleep too.
“And then there’s, ‘Susie, come here and let Mommy kiss that scratch.’ Well, she better have iodine on her tongue if it’s going to do any good.”
“So we try to take things like that …and show so many times we put our faith in some cliché that has nothing to do with our discovering the origin of the problem or what’s necessary to overcome the problem or correct the problem.