Bob Knight is one of the most accomplished college coaches of all time, with having basketball-related experience and knowledge, only a few others can match. During his playing and coaching career, Knight accumulated a lot of knowledge about basketball and, in many ways, revolutionized basketball as a sport. He had the opportunity to meet pretty much every single NBA legend from the 60s up until now.
In an interview, Knight made for Wane-Tv, he discussed several topics from his long and illustrious coaching career, but also shared which people he considers the best when it comes to basketball in general. There is no doubt in his mind that Michael Jordan was the best player he ever saw. He had the opportunity to coach Jordan in 1984 for Team USA, which Jordan was apart of, and ever since then was a big admirer of his.
The best guy that ever played the game was Michael Jordan. Don’t even think about anybody else, and it’s not even close. He was just better than everybody. He was smarter; he was tougher; he won more.Bob Knight, via Wane-Tv
Knight also differentiates the term best and most valuable player. When it comes to the most valuable player he ever encountered, Knight mentions Bill Russell as being that player. The difference Knight emphasized is that Russell won the most, not just in basketball, but in sports in general. His time with the Boston Celtics was a real example of dominance at the highest level, which will probably never be seen in the NBA again.
There are two things when you talk about players. You talk about the best player and you talk about the most valuable player. Without any doubt, the best player was Michael Jordan. The most valuable player was Bill Russell because nobody in any sport won what Bill Russell did with the Celtics.Bob Knight, via Wane-Tv
When Knight became a college coach in the mid-’60s, he had the opportunity to meet the late great Red Auerbach, who was the architect behind several Celtics championship teams. Knight, still to this day, revered him as one of the best NBA coaches of all-time but also the smartest man in basketball. They eventually became close friends, and Auerbach served as a mentor to Knight, who was slowly but surely becoming one of the greatest basketball minds himself.
The smartest man in basketball ever was Red Auerbach. He was able to do things other people would never have thought of.Bob Knight, via Wane-Tv
During his career, Knight was fortunate to work with the best players and coaches in basketball, which he values the most because it made him become a better leader. All three legends he mentioned inspired Knight to become the best he could be in his line of work, and the accolades he accumulated during the years speak for themself.