Jerry Sloan Rumors
“I’ll say this,” Karl said. “I don’t know if you want to write it. But I know it’s No. 5 because it’s Phil Jackson.” He gave a quick laugh. “Because no one has kicked my ass often as Phil Jackson. So I know that. Do I know the order of one, two three, four? I know Nellie’s one. I don’t know whose two, three, four. I think I know who they are, but I don’t know who’s two or who’s three or who’s four. I have no numbers. But I can’t deny that I know it’s five because it’s Phil Jackson.” His friend Nelson is first, with 1,335 victories. Lenny Wilkens is second, 1,332. Jerry Sloan third, at 1,221. Pat Riley fourth, 1,210. Jackson fifth, 1,155.
Of course, so did the opportunity to play for Sloan to start his career. Williams regrets how that relationship ended, staining his reputation for the rest of his career. “Sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me,” Williams said. “You know, some of those days, I wish I could have controlled them, but I was young, hot-headed and just wanted to win. I’m a lot more mellow now, I think sometimes to a fault. The situation in Utah and how the media reacted kind of took my passion away, my fire away a little bit, because it’s like I couldn’t be who I was. I got into it with Coach [Sloan] maybe a couple of times. I’ve seen him get into it with a lot of guys a lot worse, but it happened that he decided to step down after one of our arguments. So of course, it’s my fault. It’s just something that you’ve got to live with, you have to take.”