How North Creek, Cedarcrest, Mount Si coaches’ love for basketball came from their father’s small-town coaching roots

How North Creek, Cedarcrest, Mount Si coaches’ love for basketball came from their father’s small-town coaching roots


Wayde Knowles looks at the picture of him and his father that sits on his desk at work every day. On the court, the North Creek boys basketball coach imparts to his players a lifetime of lessons from Don Knowles.

Wayde never played for him, but his father’s lessons in hoops and life often blended together: treasure basketball, enjoy the moment and give everything you have.

His favorite?

“You’ve got to play 50 percent pissed off,” Wayde said. “That’s something I tell my players as well — you can be nice off the court, but when you’re playing, you have to have an edge.”

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