Sticks And Stones
By Cheval John
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Everyone has heard this quote at one point or another. The truth of the matter is that words are powerful. It can be use to either build someone up or tear someone down.
In this case, I believe that the words of first year head mens basketball coach Pat Knight of Lamar University has destroyed the moral of the Lamar Cardinals men’s basketball team.
Knight, the son of former basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Bob Knight, bereaded his seniors after a 62-52 loss to Stephen F. Austin State Lumberjacks on Wednesday night.
He basically interrupted a question that was being answered by senior Mike James and basically said that you guys don’t know how to win.
I would understand if the team is having a bad season, but in this case, they are not because their overall record is 17-16 and are currently in second place in the East Division of the Southland Conference, with three games left in the season.
If the season was to be over with, then they would make the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament that will be held in early March at the Merrill Center in Katy, Texas.
This situation shows that he is not a true leader because of what he did. He just aired out a lot of problems to the media that should have been kept private.
For example, Sam Houston State Bearkat men’s basketball team had a rough start to the season. They played one of the toughest schedules in the country as they were 6-8 before Southland conference play.
They experienced many heartbreaking losses, but they have won the last five out of six games and are currently in seventh place in the conference. They have a good chance of making the tournament because the tournament takes the top eight teams in the conference.
They defeated Northwestern State Demons by the score of 50-37 at Northwestern State’s gym. The 37 points that their defense held Northwestern to was an NCAA record.
Sure head men’s basketball coach Jason Hooten could have done what Knight did, but he did not. In fact, he has kept the team together and that is what a true leader does.
It will be difficult for Knight to recruit quality talent in the future because a top prospect would not want to play for a coach that will embarrass him in public.
The irony of all this is that both teams will face each other on Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.
Here is the tyraid at the Lamar Post Game Press Conference: