BOSTON – Brad Stevens praised Al Horford's professionalism and commitment to the team, both professionally and personally for his family at various times throughout the Boston Celtics season.
So for Stevens, who sits to the left of Celtic's Big Man, Robert Williams at the rookie's opening press conference on Friday, Williams's continued admiration for Horford's game had to be a welcome sound.
"Horford, the guy had a great career," Williams said. "Eating right, working well, doing everything he needs to do in a day-to-day situation, so I want to follow every step and give myself the keys to success to be in this league."
At first glance, Williams does not look like Horford at first sight. Where Horford is a malleable center that reached more than 40 percent of its 3-point mark last year, Williams made only 48 percent of his free throws during his second season. Horford is mobile, but certainly not a fast athlete. Williams has great speed and, as Stevens put it, "a great return to the game."
But Horford is also a big passerby, and Williams showed lightning that moves the ball at Texas A & M.
"He's able to get up from the ground quickly, play well over the edge, but also deal with the ball and pass the ball, which we really need to get ahead," Stevens said.
Defensively, the similarities ̵
"There are a number of apparent transferable skills in Robert's game, and then there are things he needs to further improve and manage And in the last few days he was here, he is very happy that he is upset about it, "said Stevens. "I'll let him answer that more, but he was in the gym everyday, he was training at 6:30 this morning and I think he's excited, like so many of our boys."
After William's steep fall to 27 years, questions whirled around. Especially among them: Does Williams work hard enough? More importantly, does he play hard enough?
"People often question my engine, but I work hard and know that I can work hard," Williams said. "I'm a hard worker, just being in this organization, knowing the morale of this organization and knowing what it takes to be in this league … I'm ready to start."
Williams said he met Horford He arrived in Boston on Wednesday and they had a good chat.
"Al does not crash at all," Williams said. "He takes his time, even if some people say his moves are too slow, they're efficient, they work, his play, from dribble handoffs to coming off the screens in offensive mode, is everything handsome myself. "
Did Horford Williams give everything he has left?
"Yes," Williams said smiling. "We will work hard."
That's all the Celtics need to hear.