Ben Howland: ‘I can’t control Bill Walton’

waltonap275Gary Parrish of has a great interview with UCLA coach Ben Howland that took place as the two walked along the streets of Los Angeles.

Howland addresses all sorts of subjects on the stroll, including Bill Walton, who has been a constant and harsh critic of the Bruins coach.

Howland told Parrish that he tries to control what he can control, and “I can’t control Bill Walton.”

Parrish writes:

I asked whether there’s a personal issue with Walton we might not know about.

“Not at all,” Howland said. “He’s been to my house. He’s had drinks at my house. … But I just think it’s like anything else. It gets tough when you’re at a place 10 years, and I’ve been here 10 years. So it’s, ‘Win a national championship! We got two of them! We were 60-0!’ That’s Bill Walton’s point of reference. … So even when we’re having a great year, it’s just a good year by UCLA standards.”

My question: Didn’t Howland know that when he signed on to coach at Westwood?

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