The Kokomo Tribune from Kokomo, Indiana on April 2, 1992 · Page 15
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April 2, 1992

The Kokomo Tribune from Kokomo, Indiana · Page 15

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Sports Ihursday, April y, ivw Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune 15 Knight still talkin' Would you believe win currents in Dome? f BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana coach Bob Knight is doing plenty of talking two days before the Hoosiers' showdown with Duke. Little of what he's saying is about basketball. He's espoused his theories of "cerebral reversal" and using a bullwhip as motivation. There were wild tales of Indiana players digging ditches as punishment for missing free throws and swimming in a shark- infested moat. He shared his belief that wind currents in the Metrodome will be the key to Saturday's national semifinal against the Blue Devils. Knight's comic relief has kept the national media laughing, and his psych job has helped divert pressure and attention from the Hoosiers. "I'm sure there's a reason behind his madness; there always is," senior Eric Anderson said. Try to get Knight talking about strategy against Duke or the probable match-ups of Anderson and Matt Nover against Christian Laettner, and he spins another yarn. "I've had a good time entertaining myself," he said Wednesday after Indiana's final practice at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers (27-6) are scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis tonight. Knight said the Hoosiers' two games against Ohio State's Jim Jackson, which Indiana won, will help prepare his team. "Laettner is just a bigger version of Jimmy Jackson. His size and strength enable him to do some things that Jackson can't do," Knight said. "Laettner has an ability to play outside and inside and then play in-between." Anderson and Jamal Meeks. Indiana's lone seniors, have realized a dream in making the Final Four. "Athletes are kind of macho people. You always want to play against the best,'' Anderson said. It's the how, not the who, that concerns Knight, who is seeking his fourth NCAA championship in 21 years at Indiana. I have no interest in who we play or who we don't play," he said. "That's never been of any concern to me. My focus has tried to be on how we play.'' But he's continually shifted the focus with his recent antics. He has pity, rather than an apology, for people incensed by the bullwhip incident involving CalbertCheaney. "Those are kind of sad people," Knight said of critics who charged that the pretend whipping was somehow racist and inappropriate. "Anybody with any intelligence at all is able to understand that here is a team completely free of any dissenting thoughts racially, philosophically," he said. The picture of Knight and assistant coach Norm Ellenberger playfully whipping Cheaney sparked an outcry in the West Regional at Albuquerque and prompted dozens of calls to the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cheaney later returned the favor when he used a towel to swat at Knight's backside in the closing minutes of Indiana's victory over UCLA in the West final. "It was just something we did for fun," Cheaney said. Knight said his players were merely spoofing his image as a taskmaster when they gave him theleatherwhio. "It's pretty'obvious there's a good rapport between players and coaches. I gotta feel sorry for somebody that has to make something out of it that is just the farthest thing from what took place." Saturday's matchup is just the second time Indiana and Duke have met. The game will reunite Knight and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was captain of Knight's 1969 Army team and later served as an Indiana assistant. "The best thing I've taken from coach Knight is that for each one of his captains, he gives a personally autographed book on cerebral...," Krzyzewksi said. "Reversal," Knight chimed in. "I almost forgot," Krzyzewski said. "It's been like the Bible for me. I haven't shared it even with my assistant coaches.'' Knight warned, "Remember you can't until naval intelligence gives clearance for it to be released." Knight first explained "cerebral reversal" after the Florida State game as a way to slow his players' nervous systems down so they didn't rush themselves on the court. NHL prepared for 'long strike' TORONTO (AP) - The darkest day in the National Hockey League could turn into its longest year. That's the prospect facing the league in the wake of Wednesday's players strike that threatened not only the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the beginning of next season as well. "We were told to prepare ourselves for a long strike," Montreal's Kirk Muller said, "and the guys are preparing themselves.'' It became painfully evident that the NHL might be in for a long summer following oessimistic remarks by president John Ziegler Wednesday night. Following up Wednesday's strike announcement by the players and four hours of fruitless talks, a somber Ziegler said the sides "are getting close to an impasse. I hope we can avoid it, but we're very close." an 'im- Asked to describe passe,'' Ziegler said: "Basically, when there's nothing more to talk about... and that's it." However, Ziegler did keep the lines of communication open by scheduling a meeting today with Bob Goodenow, executive director of the NHL Players Association. Ziegler described the meeting as "exploratory. "If we can find a reason to get the sides back together again, we will," Ziegler said. "I'll be available all day to talk." Responding to Ziegler's "impasse" remark, Goodenow said: "There's no question we're far apart, but I wouldn't call it an impasse." Ziegler is scheduled to report to the Board of Governors at a meeting in New York Sunday. Cushion Comfort , Linings Premium* Leather' Uppers? rf Handcrafted Classic And Contemporary Styles. 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