February 8, 2020
When the former Indiana Hoosiers coach walked through the tunnel Saturday and onto his old court for the first time since his firing in September 2000, the crowd went wild chanting his name, roaring with approval, thanking him for all the success and banners he brought to Bloomington.
Knight vowed never to return to IU, but his appearance Saturday seems to be the first step in a mending relationship between the Hall of Fame coach and the place he won three national championships.
The sellout crowd and dozens of former players lauded Knight after watching a video detailing Knight’s contributions.
He walked in with his son Pat. He hugged Isiah Thomas. He was assisted into the arena by Quinn Buckner. And the 79-year-old Knight reveled in the moment, pumping his fist, pretending to direct Scott May in a practice drill and even leading fans in a chorus of, “De-fense, de-fense.”
Legendary former IU basketball coach Bob Knight wrapped up an emotional day with a trip north to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an Indiana Pacers game.