Knight | Bobby

Let’s Play Defense

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First book by legendary basketball coach, Bob Knight, titled Let’s Play Defense, published in 1968, while head coach at Army.

Octavo, [37pp]. Blue paper covers, stapled at spine. Gloss paper, with numerous illustrations of basketball drills. This instructional manual was published in 1968, while Knight was the head coach at Army. It features photographs of his assistant coach, Mike Krzyzewski, the future hall of fame coach at Duke University. Includes custom black clamshell, title in gilt on spine over black morocco label.

This work is one of four private publication coaching pamphlets from Coach Knight, which include: Let’s Play Defense (1968), Let’s Get A Shot (1968), and Motion Offense (1970) and Quickness Reaction Practice Planning (1970).

Bobby Knight (1940-2023) is a former NCAA basketball coach, holding three national championships, eleven Big Ten Conference Championships, and an Olympic gold medal as the coach of the 1984 USA Men’s Basketball Team. He retired with the most wins of any coach in NCAA Division I basketball history, but has since been surpassed by three coaches. He was the head coach of the Army Black Knights from 1965-1971, the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971-2000, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2001-2008. He passed away at the age of 83 in 2023.

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Location Published

Walden, NY


Private Publication


First Edition

Date Published



Original wraps


Near Fine


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