It’s been 11 days since Robert Williams’ surprising fall on draft night.
Now, we know it shouldn’t have been all that surprising.
The big man was a projected lottery pick a year ago. But he opted to return to Texas A&M for his sophomore season to improve his game and get selected earlier in the 2018 draft.
He hardly improved, if at all. This did little to quiet doubts of his motor and work ethic.
Almost immediately, he showed what likely had scared a lot of teams off.
The Celtics have not been able to track down Robert Williams for his conference call this morning. It has been postponed.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 22, 2018
He slept through a team conference call on his first morning as an NBA player.
But you know what? That’s excusable. Who wouldn’t be exhausted after watching their dream come true?
Too bad he’s either still exhausted, or the 20-year-old has miles to go before he has this whole adult thing down.
On Friday, he bragged about how hard he works.
“People question my motor a lot but I work hard and know I can work hard,” Williams said at an introductory press conference. “I’m a hard worker. Just being in this organization, knowing the morals of this organization and knowing what it takes to be in this league, definitely has me (motivated). I’m ready to start.”
But on Sunday, 10 days after that missed conference call …
UH OH: #Celtics announce Robert Williams missed first day of Summer League practice in Waltham because he missed his flight. Assistant coach Jay Larranaga forced to explain: pic.twitter.com/yE8qWm1aLN
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) July 1, 2018
Forget Al Horford’s transforming himself into one of the game’s most versatile big men in his late 20s and early 30s; nursing Bobby into adulthood will be the five-time All-Star’s greatest NBA challenge yet.