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Celtics officially sign Robert Williams –– no word on whether alarm clock provision is included in contract

Alex Reimer
July 05, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Robert Williams’ proclivity for absenteeism hasn't derailed his NBA career –– yet. The Celtics announced Thursday they’ve officially signed their first-round draft pick to a contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Williams, who fell to No. 27 in the NBA Draft due to concerns over his work ethic, wasn’t present at his first summer league practice Sunday, because he missed his flight back to Boston. The ex-Texas A&M big man also overslept his introductory conference call.

It appears as if Williams is pulling himself together, however. Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga said Williams impressed at his first summer league practice earlier this week.

“He dunks with his elbows, which is a really positive thing,” Larranaga told reporters, per the Boston Herald. “He’s been really, really good. Really focused. Picked up the points of emphasis that we had yesterday in practice really well. Seems very coachable. This is the beginning of the process for him and for the summer league team. Day 1 was good.”

Williams also accepted responsibility, saying his absences are “on him.” As a sophomore last season, he was named co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year and led the conference with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Now he just needs an alarm clock. 

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