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    It can be college or pro, and please elaborate on your pick. I go with Larry Brown for his ability to rebuild teams from crap to champ with such consistency. He is the only coach to win at the NCAA and NBA level, and I saw his work first hand with the Pacers.
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    Mike Krzyzewski in my opinion.

    Always seems like a real class act and an excellent coach.
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    Coach K is solid.
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    Bob knight.

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    Bob knight.

    That would be my choice. Like him or hate him, he took true student athletes to championship status.

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    It can be college or pro, and please elaborate on your pick. I go with Larry Brown for his ability to rebuild teams from crap to champ with such consistency. He is the only coach to win at the NCAA and NBA level, and I saw his work first hand with the Pacers.
    Robert Montgomery Knight and he taught Coach K everything he knows.......

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    Bobby "Slick" Leonard! (However Bobby Knight changed the way basketball is played. Before him few teams played "in your face" defense, now it's a staple.") Slick constantly overachieved with the teams he had.

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    Bobby "Slick" Leonard! (However Bobby Knight changed the way basketball is played. Before him few teams played "in your face" defense, now it's a staple.") Slick constantly overachieved with the teams he had.
    I love Bobby Leonard but he isn't nearly the best NBA coach. I think that is between Auerbach and Phil Jackson. Knight stands alone in college basketball in my mind. Wooden ran a dirty program so I won't even consider him.

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    I love Bobby Leonard but he isn't nearly the best NBA coach. I think that is between Auerbach and Phil Jackson. Knight stands alone in college basketball in my mind. Wooden ran a dirty program so I won't even consider him.
    Wooden ran a dirty program? Umm ok.

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    Wooden ran a dirty program? Umm ok.
    At the very least he turned his back on boosters making payments to his players. At worst, he condoned it. That is the reason that Knight never had any respect for Wooden and he rated many coaches like Iba ahead of him.......

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    Wooden ran a dirty program? Umm ok.
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    Thought it was common knowledge that UCLA was about as dirty as it got.

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    $$$

    Thought it was common knowledge that UCLA was about as dirty as it got.
    Obviously there are people here who did not know that. But, yes, it is common knowledge among people who have an knowledge at all.....

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    At the very least he turned his back on boosters making payments to his players. At worst, he condoned it. That is the reason that Knight never had any respect for Wooden and he rated many coaches like Iba ahead of him.......
    As I am gonna go ahead and say the resident John wooden expert, the reason knight didn't like him had nothing to do with the hillarious excuse you came up with there...Wooden was from Indiana (coached at Indiana state in fact) and many Alumni tried to compare Knight to Wooden, would get annoying after a while.

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    As I am gonna go ahead and say the resident John wooden expert, the reason knight didn't like him had nothing to do with the hillarious excuse you came up with there...Wooden was from Indiana (coached at Indiana state in fact) and many Alumni tried to compare Knight to Wooden, would get annoying after a while.
    What I said is quite true and Knight has commented on it in the past. There was a reason why Wooden got every great center, Walton, Alcindor and many more from all over the country. UCLA boosters made cash payments and gave gifts to these players. I suppose you don't want to hear that Rick Mount had a job checking coats at alumni events at Purdue and he received $100 tips. He worked a few nights per year and made thousands of dollars..... I don't suppose you would believe that either. I never said Wooden wasn't a great coach. Adolph Rupp was a great coach. Do you want to talk about the things that bigot and crook did?

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    What I said is quite true and Knight has commented on it in the past. There was a reason why Wooden got every great center, Walton, Alcindor and many more from all over the country. UCLA boosters made cash payments and gave gifts to these players. I suppose you don't want to hear that Rick Mount had a job checking coats at alumni events at Purdue and he received $100 tips. He worked a few nights per year and made thousands of dollars..... I don't suppose you would believe that either. I never said Wooden wasn't a great coach. Adolph Rupp was a great coach. Do you want to talk about the things that bigot and crook did?
    I'm just confused why you seem to take moral cues from the NCAA.

    If your opinion is certain coaches shouldn't be mentioned because they had unfair advantages that weren't available to others, I suppose I can understand that. It's a grey area that'd be impossible to really define, but I get it. But I don't get why in other threads you seem to think the NCAA's word makes people deplorable. I'm all for an even playing field, but seriously, screw the NCAA, their only interest is their financial gain.

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    I'm just confused why you seem to take moral cues from the NCAA.

    If your opinion is certain coaches shouldn't be mentioned because they had unfair advantages that weren't available to others, I suppose I can understand that. It's a grey area that'd be impossible to really define, but I get it. But I don't get why in other threads you seem to think the NCAA's word makes people deplorable. I'm all for an even playing field, but seriously, screw the NCAA, their only interest is their financial gain.
    I agree with all of that.....

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    As I am gonna go ahead and say the resident John wooden expert, the reason knight didn't like him had nothing to do with the hillarious excuse you came up with there...Wooden was from Indiana (coached at Indiana state in fact) and many Alumni tried to compare Knight to Wooden, would get annoying after a while.

    John Wooden was the greatest college BB coach of all time. Not to mention he was an All American BB player at Purdue.

    As the IU fans use to say when talking about Knight vs Keady, look at the Championship banners hanging in the fieldhouse. That says what needs to be said about JOHN WOODEN.

    No 2 coaches demeanor were more opposite than Wooden and Knight. Wooden was soft spoken and respectful while Knight was just Bob Knight... I'm being polite.

    I always felt Knight was one of the best 6'5" and under recruiters while not so much with big men. Dean Smith was a great big man recruiter.

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    John Wooden was the greatest college BB coach of all time. Not to mention he was an All American BB player at Purdue.

    As the IU fans use to say when talking about Knight vs Keady, look at the Championship banners hanging in the fieldhouse. That says what needs to be said about JOHN WOODEN.

    No 2 coaches demeanor were more opposite than Wooden and Knight. Wooden was soft spoken and respectful while Knight was just Bob Knight... I'm being polite.

    I always felt Knight was one of the best 6'5" and under recruiters while not so much with big men. Dean Smith was a great big man recruiter.

    I consider Wooden like I think about baseball players on steroids getting in the Hall of Fame. There is no place for cheaters on this list. Wooden's teams were bought and paid for. Bobby Knight ran what may have been the cleanest program in NCAA history......

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    How do you evaluate this? X's and O's, recruiting? How do you factor Red's work as a GM giving himself great players to work with? I honestly have no idea.

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    How do you evaluate this? X's and O's, recruiting? How do you factor Red's work as a GM giving himself great players to work with? I honestly have no idea.

    I think it is a pretty good bet that Red got by the best out of most of his moves. Like the one that led to him getting Robert Parish and Kevin McHale and the move he made to get Bird.....

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    I will throw an out of the box name out there: Bob Hurley. He is a winner and teaches kids discipline while helping many get out of bad situations.
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    Pat Riley

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    I remember hearing that Eric Anderson had a job, while at IU, of basically turning on the sprinklers when he was at IU. So though no sanctions followed Knight, I'm sure his players got taken care of, it is the nature of having alumni who appreciate great teams. But hey, not all of the greatest talent won a championship. I can think of UNLV and the Fab 4 for starters. And I didn't give specific criteria, b/c everybody will have their own.

    I personally think taking a team from loser to champ is a much greater difficult of dive, which is what Brown did, when contrasting with people like Phil Jackson. Jackson took great to champion teams over and over again. He's still a great coach, I just would love to see what he would do with a lesser quality of team.
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    I remember hearing that Eric Anderson had a job, while at IU, of basically turning on the sprinklers when he was at IU. So though no sanctions followed Knight, I'm sure his players got taken care of, it is the nature of having alumni who appreciate great teams. But hey, not all of the greatest talent won a championship. I can think of UNLV and the Fab 4 for starters. And I didn't give specific criteria, b/c everybody will have their own.

    I personally think taking a team from loser to champ is a much greater difficult of dive, which is what Brown did, when contrasting with people like Phil Jackson. Jackson took great to champion teams over and over again. He's still a great coach, I just would love to see what he would do with a lesser quality of team.
    You talking about Johnson, Augmon, Anthony, and Hunt? They won a title.

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    I remember hearing that Eric Anderson had a job, while at IU, of basically turning on the sprinklers when he was at IU. So though no sanctions followed Knight, I'm sure his players got taken care of, it is the nature of having alumni who appreciate great teams. But hey, not all of the greatest talent won a championship. I can think of UNLV and the Fab 4 for starters. And I didn't give specific criteria, b/c everybody will have their own.

    I personally think taking a team from loser to champ is a much greater difficult of dive, which is what Brown did, when contrasting with people like Phil Jackson. Jackson took great to champion teams over and over again. He's still a great coach, I just would love to see what he would do with a lesser quality of team.

    For what it is worth a lot of these "champions" do not have rings with any other coach. Jackson is great.

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