A basketball coach herself, Karen Knight believes her husband is an innovator, not a follower



The image caught nearly everyone by surprise.

When Texas Tech reached the Sweet 16 two years ago, Bob Knight summoned his wife, Karen, from the stands in Tucson, Ariz.

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Karen Knight was brought on to the court two years ago to be with her husband, Bob Knight, during a post game interview after Texas Tech reached the Sweet 16.

As her husband became the all-time career wins leader, Karen Knight sat down and talked about her husband, Texas Tech, the media and more.

Q: How did you and Coach Knight meet?

A: We met at a basketball clinic in Indiana, I don't remember when.

Q: As his wife, what are your thoughts about him breaking the record?

A: I think it is a great accomplishment for anyone, but more important, I think what he has contributed to the game of basketball and what he has meant to other coaches and his players surpasses any records.

Q: How long/when/where were you a basketball coach?

A: I coached junior high and high school for 18 years in Oklahoma from 1969-87.

Q: Do you give Coach Knight advice on basketball as often as he says you do?

A: I don't know how often he says I do, but when he asks, I tell him what I think. Occasionally, I tell him when he doesn't ask, but I try to pick the right time.

Q: What would you like people to know about him that they don't?

A: There are many things. One of the most important is how much he cares about his players and the people in his life. I don't think people know what a caring person he is and how many wonderful things he does for others. He feels a great responsibility and commitment to his mentors and those who were meaningful in his life before he became a well-known coach. I have always thought the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. He is very generous with his time. I wonder if there are any other coaches who give as much back to their university, where all the students benefit?

Q: What do you think of Texas Tech?

A: I think it is a great university that is growing and improving each year. It has unlimited possibilities for growth and excellence. It has a beautiful campus with polite and friendly students. I have one of the best professors I have ever had in a class I am auditing at Tech.

Q: What do you think of Lubbock?

A: I love it. It is a great place for us. I grew up in Oklahoma, so the terrain is similar and I am comfortable with the wind sweeping down the Plains. The people are kind and friendly, the climate is excellent, and it is very easy to travel in the city. The airport is 15 minutes from our home, and the airport personnel are friendly and helpful. Also, I love having access to two of the best spinning instructors and Pilates instructor I have ever had.

Q: Who do you like to do that doesn't have to do with basketball?

A: I like to go fly fishing with my husband, spending time with my sisters, spinning at The Falls, hiking in the mountains and reading.

Q: What is Coach Knight's greatest impact on the game in college basketball?

A: Besides the motion offense, the integrity that he brings to his profession. He has been a mentor to many coaches, and the drills he has designed are used all over the world. He is definitely an innovator in this game. I have always thought that there are just a few coaches who are innovators and the rest of us are just very good copiers.

Q: Is Bob Knight the coach different than Bob Knight the husband/father/grandfather?

A: No, he is passionate and caring in all his roles. I love to see him with our grandsons. He enjoys being with them and tries to teach them coordination as soon as they are able to focus their eyes. I think he is fascinated with their learning development.

Q: How long can you see him staying in basketball?

A: As long as he still has passion for the game.

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