Posted: Wednesday November 15, 2006 3:32PM; Updated: Wednesday November 15, 2006 4:46PM
But with friends in high places who are willing to enable his behavior the way Myers does, it's no wonder that Knight is obviously feeling comfortable enough at Texas Tech to return to his old intimidating self. That's why he got physical with Prince -- because he knew he could. He can push the limits again without fear of anything but a little media heat, something that's never mattered to him, anyway.
Knight doesn't need anger management classes, as some have suggested. He manages his anger exactly as he chooses too, aiming it at people from whom he has little fear of retaliation, physical or otherwise. Which of his victims was in a position to really stand up to him? The Indiana secretary who was nearly hit when he fired a vase against a wall? His son Pat, whom he once kicked while the younger Knight was sitting on the Indiana bench? Neil Reed, the Hoosier player he grabbed around the neck during practice? Prince, who has dismissed this latest incident as much ado about nothing, which isn't surprising since he's a sophomore who doesn't want his playing time or scholarship to disappear?
Knight only seems to "lose control" when he's dealing with people over whom he holds some form of power, the classic definition of a bully.
"You'd have to be an idiot to slap a kid under any circumstances," he said Tuesday, in defense of his actions. "I've been called a lot of things, but idiot isn't one of them."
That much is true. Knight is a smart man, smart enough to know exactly how and when he can abuse his power and get away with it, which is ultimately the most despicable thing about him. He didn't hit Prince very hard, but consider it a warning shot nonetheless, a signal that dangerous times lie ahead -- Bob Knight is feeling bulletproof again.