February 12, 2008

Cats regret not playing against Knight

A majority of Kansas State's players never played against a Bob Knight-coached team, so some of the Wildcats admittedly don't understand the void the Hall of Fame head coach left in college hoops when the 67-year-old abruptly retired in the middle of his seventh season at Texas Tech on Feb. 4. Freshman Michael Beasley on Monday said the experience "would've been special."

"It would be special because he's a future Hall-of-Famer," Beasley said.

Actually, Knight was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, 15 years after he led Indiana to an undefeated season and national championship, seven years after coaching the U.S. national team to the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and 10 years before he arrived at Texas Tech.

Forgive Beasley, a national player of the year candidate, who ranks fourth in scoring (25.2 points) and No. 1 in rebounds (12.3).

Beasley was 2 years old in 1991.

Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams John Thompson -- Beasley rattled those names off, adding, "I've met just about all of them."

The 97-year-old legendary John Wooden? How could Beasley forget?

"Even though he's old," Beasley said, "he's funny. He's got to be at the top of the list with all the championships."

But Beasley hasn't met Knight. "No, I've heard he was mean," he said, "so I was kind of scared (to meet him)."

"Never got recruited by Coach Knight, never talked to him," he continued. "If I didn't play college ball, I wouldn't have known Coach Knight existed. It's special what he did."

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