Of all the stuff surrounding Bob Knight's smack at Kentucky basketball (we should say latest smack), the funniest part is this:Â Gregg Doyel judging anyone else for taking "potshots."
You could search through his archives and find plenty of examples (not to mention his mailbag), but for just the most recent, remember his broadside against Gary Williams?Â May we refresh your memory?
âWell, he has influence, and not because people think Gary Williams is so brilliant and trustworthy that if he tells me something, dadgummit, it must be true.Â I donât think he has that much influence. I donât want to give that little tiny little petty human being that much credit. And by the way, I e-mailed Garyâs PR director yesterday back and forth three times, saying I want to talk to Gary very specifically about his influence on the N.C. State coaching search. Theyâve not gotten back to me after I made it clear exactly what I want, so itâs very possible heâs gonna duck me, that coward.
âBut in the meantime, the reason heâs had an impact is this: if youâre a good coach at a good schoolâ¦itâs hard to pull the trigger and say Iâm winning here at Arizona or Texas, or Iâm winning here at VCU, wherever it is that Iâm winning at, and I want to go to N.C. State, where they havenât won the last couple years. It requires a whole lot of confidence. And if you get one person â and that personâs Gary Williams â to say the ADâs not easy to work for, that will allow someone to justify their own [feelings]â¦.Basically, Gary Williams is giving coaches an excuse to do the easy thing, which is stay where they areâ¦â¦Are we done talking about Gary Williams? I want to make this very clear, that if Gary Williams does not return my call, heâs scared of me. And so he can act all big and bad, and he can stand there on his coaching bench and turn around and yell at his assistant coaches, whoâve done nothing wrong. And when a guy on the court travels, he can turn around and yell at the 12th man on his bench, because heâs a little bit tiny coward runt of a man. He can do all that.
âBut here I am on your radio show, and in an e-mail to his PR guy three times, begging him to talk to me about what heâs been saying behind Debbie Yowâs back and hurting the N.C. State head coaching search. And if he doesnât call me back, then all that means to me is heâs a little bitty tiny coward of a man. Gary Williams, you call me back, or youâre a spineless littleâ¦man.â
So let's get this straight: Bob Knight, who had a long coaching career and much experience with Kentucky basketball and coaches named Calipari and otherwise, isn't supposed to do this: "But what you can't do -- what ESPN commentator Bob Knight did do the other day -- is ignore the pile of facts at your disposal and make up your own. And come up with your own half-truth or even your own outright lie, and use that to attack John Calipari."
Well what the heck did Doyel do just a few weeks ago?Â Who's the worst offender here?Â Who's the real idiot?
There are many differences between Doyel and Knight, but here's one that jumps out:Â Doyel isn't scared to pose with a hammer; Knight isn't scared to actually use one.
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