What was your relationship to Kevin?
Brownie and I met in Kindergarten at Lexington Elementary School back in 1975. We had a huge connection to sports. We played all 3 sports together from the age of 6 to 19. We were both extremely competitive. We stood up for one another in each other's weddings.
Do you have a favorite memory of Kevin?
I remember he was obsessed with Delray Brooks who played for Bobby Knight at Indiana from 1984-1986. Kevin told me he was going to name his first son Delray. In the meantime, he named one of his basketballs Delray and wrote the letters D-E-L-R-A-Y across the ball and even seatbelted it in his car.
What do you think made Kevin special or unique?
KB was an extreme competitor. He hated to lose. He always knew how to put himself in the best position to win. As a coach, he saw potential for his players they didn't even know they could reach. This was uncomfortable at times for the player, but for those who were able to persevere, they not only became a better player--but a better man. His former players loved him dearly for that.
What do you want people to know about Glioblastoma and/or the efforts of the KBSTRONG - Fighting the Fight foundation?
It's the deadliest form of cancer in the world. Anyone who has experienced it firsthand would do nearly anything to rid it from the face of this earth.
If you were face to face with Kevin today, what would you tell him?
I would simply tell him how much I've missed him...oh, and then I'd find Michael Brown and the 3 of us would sit down and finish our game of Go Fish.