Boston Celtics rookie Robert Williams is already off to a bad start with the team after missing the team’s first Summer League practice.
Wake up late and miss your introductory press conference with your new team. Okay, things happen. Miss a flight and the first practice of Summer League and you are setting a trend. For Boston Celtics first-round pick Robert Williams, a lesson is being learned very, very quickly.
This is not Texas A&M and you are not in college anymore.
After saying all the right things during his delayed introductory press conference, Williams is showing just why he slipped to the No. 27 overall selection in the 2018 NBA draft. With his work ethic and commitment in question, the talented big man vowed to work hard.
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So, if so excited to get back to work, how can you miss a flight and the first mandatory practice of the Summer League?
Again, things happen, but Williams will learn quickly that a media outlet like Boston is no joke when it comes to a player’s lack of reliability. Neither is the NBA or the Boston Celtics. On Sunday, Summer League coach Jay Larranaga addressed Williams’ absence.
"“We expected him to be here, but obviously he missed his flight,” Larranaga said, via Masslive.com. “So we’re excited for him to get here tomorrow and get started.”"
That excitement appears to be quickly fading. If this sort of trend continues, the man considered the steal of the draft will be a major disappointment even at the spot he was selected.
"“I think everyone’s disappointed,” Larranga continued. “You want to get everything off to a good start in the first day, but we’ll handle that internally and move forward.”"
We’ll call it bad luck for now, but it is definitely not a good look. Joining a team of players who work hard and playing for a coach like Brad Stevens, Robert Williams can find himself playing for the Main Red Claws if he doesn’t start taking his commitment to the team seriously.
College basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale summed it up perfectly when he wrote the following tweet blasting Williams:
"“This dude better learn to respect the tradition of the Celtics. What a way for ROBERT WILLIAMS to start his NBA career. He is making a fool of himself!”"
Hopefully, he recognizes how he is looking and learn from these two mistakes.
There is no doubt that if he does work hard and keep his head in the game and not how much money he is going to make, he can be a valuable presence on the floor for the Boston Celtics, a team favored to go as far as the NBA Finals this upcoming season.