Magic Johnson honors legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight, who died at age 83

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Magic Johnson honors legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight, who died at age 83

"Magic" Johnson pays tribute to Bobby Knight, who died on November 1, 2023 at the age of 83 years. Johnson recalled an anecdote from when Knight tried to recruit him to play basketball at Indiana Indiana University.

Johnson first met Knight at Everett High School, where the Indians had just won the national championship in 1976 with a record of 32 wins and no losses. Johnson revealed that 1,200 students at his school skipped class to see Knight.

"Rest in peace Hall of Fame basketball coach Bobby Knight," Johnson wrote." I remember him coming to recruit me after Everett High School won the national championship in 1976 with a record of 32 wins and 0 losses. All 1,200 students skipped class that day because they wanted to catch a glimpse of legendary coach Knight.

Despite receiving an offer from Knight, Johnson chose the Michigan State Spartans, who were closer to home. He also wanted to play point guard, which coach Judd Heathcote assured him he would have at Michigan State.

Knight was a renowned basketball coach who took the Indiana Indians to new heights. He won 11 Big Ten championships and two national championships in 1981 and 1987.In 2000, he was fired by Indiana for holding a player by the throat.

Knight was a complex figure, but his impact on basketball is undeniable. On the court, he was a genius and brilliant strategist, but off the court, he was also a controversial figure. He left a legacy of positives and negatives, but his passion for the game of basketball is undeniable.

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