THURSDAY

Cantankerous and cunning, crafty and cruel, Bobby Knight is less a mentor than a tormentor, less a role model than a rogue. To anyone who has ever played hoops, Knight exemplifies a recognizable face of evil: the bullying basketball coach who uses the enticement of playing time to psychologically torment his players. Over the years, Knight has amassed a resume of delinquency that would make Mike Tyson blush. He’s tossed chairs, “accidentally” head-butted freshman player Sherron Wilkerson, cursed out fans, and assaulted critics—he even took a swing at a Puerto Rican police officer at the Pan American Games. All of which, believe it or not, tarnished the man’s image. Now, in his memoir, Knight: My Story, the former Hoosier bites back at his critics with the help of writer Bob Hammel. In his swagger down memory lane, Knight is unrepentant and insufferable, foisting the blame for his many misdeeds on anyone and everyone but himself. The thesis of the book? Knight’s soiled reputation has resulted not from his own character flaws but from the conniving lies of the lowly American media: “Repeatedly, polls taken in recent years have shown [that] public respect for the media has been on a steady dive downward—lower than politicians now, lower than used-car salesmen, lower than just about any group that used to represent the ultimate in distrust.” Lower, even, than Knight? Ask him, gently, when he appears at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Felix Gillette)