POTB 224: “The Last Days of Knight” director Robert Abbott

  • 04/17/2018 3:24 pm in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with hosts Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. The show is available weekly.

In this week’s show, Morris and Bozich are joined by Robert Abbott, the director of “The Last Days of Knight,” ESPN’s 30-for-30 film on former IU coach Bob Knight.

Among the topics discussed:

· How the idea of “The Last Days of Knight” came to be
· Abbott’s perspective on how he tackled this story from a journalism standpoint
· Why it took so long for Neil Reed to open up over the course of nine months
· The dichotomy that exists between the experiences different players had in their time at IU under Knight
· Whether Abbott assigns any blame to local media or fans for the mythologizing of Knight
· The origin of Knight’s methods and how they came to be prior to his days at Indiana
· The most positive thing Abbott learned about Knight in his reporting
· Whether is it a contradiction by ESPN making this film after it employed Knight for so long as a broadcaster
· What would Neil Reed have thought of “The Last Days of Knight,” in Robert’s opinion

And much, much more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at [email protected].

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  • Michael Bender

    Bottom line, BK is a POS of a humane being

  • IU_theoracle

    I felt the same way as you and did then watch the 30 for 30 and I highly recommend watching it. I think you will be very surprised by the documentary and hopefully will see things differently after watching it.

  • IU_theoracle

    I’m really glad I listened to this podcast because after listening I
    decided to sign up for the free trial of ESPN+ and then watched the 30
    for 30 last night. I highly recommend watching this and personally have a different
    prospective now that prior to the documentary. I think we can all agree
    that we are sick of hearing about the story, and are probably all
    growing tired of CBK’s bitterness towards IU for something that happened
    nearly 20 years ago. If anything I think this documentary should help
    provide some closure to the situation for IU fans and hopefully will
    help us all to see those players differently going forward. I will be
    the first to admit that I had always felt like Neil Reed, Luke Recker
    and Jason Collier were soft and left because the weren’t mentally tough
    enough to handle IU. I felt like these guys were turning their back on
    IU and that wasn’t really the case. If I were in their situation I
    probably would have left too because you can only take so much. I’m very happy with the direction the program is heading in under Coach Miller and ready to see what happens in the future. We have to get past this situation and stop living in the past if we want to be successful in the future.

  • VOXAC30

    I was done with RMK when I listened to an interview about a year before he was fired. He said if you look at these kids who have transferred and he listed out three or four kids and said they achieved nothing when they transferred and went on to say he was hoping to be in a title hunt but those kids couldn’t do it and that they were a bust. He went on and blamed the kids and took no responsibility at all. I was thinking at that time… what have you done in recent years, you berate anyone who interviews you, you get “T’ed” up at critical points in the games, you let superior talent slip away, and you make the game about you. He could have retired in style but his ego would not let him and could not look at himself in the mirror and say “what have I become”. Instead what he gave to the program… he took away.

  • IU_theoracle

    I completely agree with you. One of the biggest take aways from this podcast was when Robert Abbott pointed out the famous RMK locker room rant when he only referenced himself and continued to say I instead of we or the team. Also the documentary shows the IU administration bent over backwards for him time after time and gave him multiple chances to make things right. He refuses to return to IU based on the face he believes he was wronged by the administration and the board. That’s absolutely ridiculous. The fact he doesn’t believe he was in the wrong is even more ridiculous. I do think RMK did many great things outside of basketball for many people, but the personal things he did against those who crossed him are equally bad.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i haven’t watched it and i didn’t know if i would unless maybe it showed up on youtube one day, and i sorta felt how JM did. the story has already been told and covered ad nauseam, what else is there to talk about. this interview makes me want to watch it now.

    i think back in the day, as he discussed, the perception was that these kids had bad attitudes, were selfish, or maybe even soft. regardless, the first reaction was always to defend CBK. and that’s exactly what happened until his teams began under-performing. i hated those seasons, they looked simply beat and uninterested come tournament time, while every other team was playing with joy and determination. NR was one of the few bright spots, imho. at first, that kid had a ton of confidence and seemed to me he was almost immune to CBK’s anger. he’d shoot the damn ball even before the offense made four passes. sadly, he just wasn’t allowed to sustain that confidence. i admit i was bitter when recker and collier left. but not NR, i was genuinely happy for him. now i certainly feel differently about the others. and it makes me sad that two of em died so young.

  • StudentHoosier

    I have to say, for a younger IUBB fan who was in the preschools, kindergartens of the world when all of this stuff was going down, LDOK was a great, comprehensive educational tool that captured all angles of this. Great documentary.

  • Colt

    Who really cares? Knight is gone. This is 2018 for crying out loud. The media are the one’s with the grudge against the guy.

  • Plenty of people care as this has been one of the most listened to podcasts we’ve done.

  • Colt

    I still stand by my comments.

  • As do I.

  • IU_theoracle

    Alex this was absolutely one of your best podcasts.