A basketball coach's greatness is reflected in the trust of his team, which is why the 1995 Chicago Bulls are still practicing free throws until Phil Jackson tells them to stop. Witness a coaching legend firsthand with this GrouponLive deal to see "A Knight to Remember" featuring Bob Knight at The Gathering Place. For $50, you get one ticket for seating in sections A, D, F or G on Thursday, October 18, at 7 p.m. (up to a $104.49 value, including all service fees). Proceeds from this event benefit the Hilda Van Arsdale Library Fund to support the Greenwood Public Library, which nears its 100th birthday.
"The General" needs no special event. Winner of the Naismith Award, inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and 10-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Knight is a special event that started in 1971 and still hasn't ended. His perfection of motion offense rendered him so unassailable that his all-time winning record as a coach could only be broken by a man he trained. Even in the movie Blue Chips, he could only be defeated by a thinly disguised version of himself—and even then, only by cheating. To this day, chairs check under their beds for Knight before going to sleep. Knight is a man used to receiving accolades and during this one-time-only event, he graciously bestows his own accolades on friends and hometown heroes, Tom and Dick Van Arsdale.
Identical twins share looks, DNA, and the same fertilized egg, but they rarely both possess NBA-worthy basketball skills. Greenwood's own Tom and Dick Van Arsdale proved themselves anomalies on the basketball court, astonishing recruiters with their free-throw-sinking prowess while All-Americans at Indiana University in 1965. Their 12-season NBA career took them from the 1966 NBA All-Rookie Team to finally being reunited as teammates on the 1977 Phoenix Suns, where they befuddled defenders with their symmetrical features and the Phoenix court's hall of mirrors. Both brothers played at three All-Star Games apiece—one of which pitted them against each other. Their triumphs were not confined to the hardwood, either. Dick, for example, devoted himself to painting upon retirement and recovered his ability to speak after a stroke. As the brothers help sustain the library with a fund dedicated to their mother, Knight spices an evening of nostalgic hoops-related anecdotes with his own fiery charm.