Of all the things Lamar basketball coach Pat Knight has inherited from his father, Hall of Fame legend Bob Knight, his passion for the game of basketball seems to be at the forefront. That’s a nice way of saying they both have tremendous tempers.
Pat was ejected from Lamar’s 75-47 loss to Alabama on Tuesday night after he received two technicals while arguing a non-call. In classic Knight fashion, Lamar’s assistant coaches reportedly had to hold him back while he got his “money’s worth” after being tossed by the officials.
“I didn’t earn the first one; I earned the second one,” Knight said after the game. “The physical play, calls need to be called. It’s that simple. It’s tough being a small school coming into a bigger school. You always don’t get the calls. … I got my money’s worth.”
After he was ejected, Knight went to the locker room and called the man he knew would understand exactly how he felt at that moment — his old man.
“(He) said don’t worry about it,” Pat said. “That’s part of the game.”
It’s a bigger part of the game for the Knights than it is for most, as evidenced by Pat’s epic rant on his players last year and moments like this one where he went nuts on the referees. That’s what makes this coaching family so fun to watch.