The 27th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Williams said he was reminded by Brad Stevens that no opportunities in the National Basketball Association are guaranteed, so it's important to not take any for granted.
The Celtics certainly have that hope from a highly-talented shot blocker and rebounder who slid to them at the 27th pick in the June 21 draft due to well-documented maturity and motivational issues. "You want to get everything off to a good start in the first day, but we'll handle that internally and move forward". The former Texas A&M big man had already gotten off on the wrong foot when he slept in, missing his introductory conference call.
That can be understood, as the night you're drafted is deserving of a hearty celebration.
"I went home to get a couple of things, and just a missed flight". Picked up the points of emphasis that we had yesterday in practice really well.
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Williams, 20, said he was upset with himself for making a bad first impression. "Things are different in college so just knowing what you have and the opportunities are limited".
Williams arrived in Boston last week and met with coach Brad Stevens, who reminded the athletic forward that, in order to reach his potential, he would have to work hard. Williams had some teams concerned about whether he's truly motivated to be great as a professional, and so far it seems safe to say those concerns were warranted. "So, definitely a real wakeup call".
Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, who will coach Boston's summer squad in Las Vegas starting later this week, did offer praise for Williams, based on what the team has seen since his arrival. "Day 1 was good". My job is to help him have as successful a summer league as possible.
"A lot of guys have some work catching up to do", Larranaga added. "But like I said, just looking to [move] past it".