Bill Walton is not a Ben Howland fan.
The UCLA legend said as much Thursday during ESPN’s telecast of UCLA’s dramatic 59-57 win over Washington on Larry Drew II’s fallaway jumper at the buzzer.
Prior to Drew’s theatrical game-winner that improved Howland and UCLA to 17-6, 7-3 in the Pac-12, Walton effectively called for the coach’s tenure to come to an end.
“I’m not in charge,” Walton said when asked if Howland’s time had run out in Westwood. “If I were, things would be different.”
Asked directly by ESPN play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch if he was a Howland fan, Walton said, “No.”
The conversation began with Walton saying UCLA had “the smallest footprint of any of the UC campuses” and then repeatedly making fun of the crowd size at Pauley Pavilion .