Celtics draft pick Robert Williams is already working before his rookie season.
Coach Brad Stevens told reporters that the 20-year-old had been in the gym every day since arriving in Boston, including a 6:30 workout before his opening press conference Friday Tomorrow
"Boston is a place that loves hard work," Williams said. "They love players and athletes who give everything, give the city and the team everything."
Stevens and basketball president Danny Ainge ̵
"He obviously has many transferable skills directly to the NBA," said Stevens. "He's able to get up from the ground quickly, play far over the edge, but also to deal with the ball and pass the ball, which we really need to get ahead."
Williams also expressed it with excitement over joining the Celtics. The 6-foot-10 striker said he's eager to take on the "energy" and "wisdom" of teammates, coaches and the community. He specifically mentioned experienced striker Al Horford as a player he is likely to turn to.
"I plan to see the best from the first day," he said. "Horford had a great career, he eats right, works well, does everything you need to do in an everyday situation, so I feel like I'm following him with the key to success every step of the way."  The most interesting thing about his game is that Al does not hurry at all, "Williams continued. "He needs his time, even if some people say his moves are too slow, they're efficient, they work, his play, from dribble handoffs to how he comes off-screen in attack mode, is all very nice. All of this helps me to prepare. "
The Celtics voted Williams 27th in the 2018 NBA Draft, though he could have spoken out after a successful freshman season for the 2017 draft. Williams said he decided to stay another year to improve his maturity on and off the court, and also noted that he regrets nothing about the decision.
"My mother was a big part of it," he told reporters. "She said that I would have to mature more, even if I did not feel that way."
Questions about his engine could have contributed to his stock falling into the draft, as the experts had originally thrown him out of the board in the first round. But Williams said he knows what he can do, and he'll only use the doubt as a motivation to "get things right."
"Her decision was her decision," he said. "My mother always tells me that everything happens for a reason, and I feel like I landed in a great place."
"I work hard and I know that I can work hard and I am a hard worker" he continued. "Being in this organization, as I said, knowing the morale of this organization, knowing what it takes to be in this league, has definitely overwhelmed me and I'm ready to start."
As Ainge put it: It's hard to have a low engine and be defensive player of the year in a tough conference two years in a row.
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