Over time, I have really enjoyed the teachings and storytelling of Basketball legend Bob Knight. I know he is a controversial figure for some of his public incidents, but no one can question his ability to teach about coaching and the sport of basketball. As a coach, I learn something new, or get something new to think about, every time I hear him speak or write. There is not a basketball coach around who isn’t using some element of the game that Knight made popular through his coaching clinics.
His recently released book, The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach For Achieving Positive Results, is another example of his ability to provoke reaction and thought.
The book title is typical Knight sarcasm and humor, which he acknowledges as the anti-thesis of the popular Norman Vincent Peale book The Power Of Positive Thinking.
My interpretation is that Coach Knight has two main themes within the concept of negative thinking. The first theme is thinking about what a leader can do to prevent losing or give his team and chance at victory. The second theme is preparing your team to prevent these errors and for what the opposition might do tactically. Coach Knight weaves in great examples from history and his personal coaching experience to emphasize his key points within his negative thinking framework.
I have compiled eight note sections below in what is known as a mind map format. Clicking on the links below will take you to the mind map pictures for easy viewing and printing.
If you are an avid reader of Coach Knight or enjoy reviewing my notes, this book will provide excellent examples of how to apply and see the results of his concepts. If you would like to order the book, click here to purchase.
Please let me know what you think about my notes, Coach Knight, or basketball in general.
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