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Monday’s Mashup: Robert Williams buys apartment right next to Celtics practice facility so he can never be late

Lucy Burdge
August 13, 2018 - 6:12 am

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-- New Celtic Robert Williams did not have the smoothest start to his career with the team but he has taken a step to make sure he is never late again.

The day after Boston drafted him in the 2018 NBA Draft, Williams slept through a conference call with the Celtics' beat reporters.

Then he missed his first practice with the team’s Summer League because he missed his flight.

Now, he is determined to never again miss a commitment.

Williams bought an apartment right next to the Celtics practice facility to make sure he is always on time.

“Two-minute walk,” Williams reportedly said during the rookie photoshoot on Sunday. “Can’t be late!”

-- The San Francisco Giants honored Barry Bonds on Saturday by retiring his No. 25 in a ceremony at AT&T Park.

"I am overwhelmed with emotions as the reality of this day sets in," Bonds said. "This may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but as a child I didn't even want to play baseball. I wanted to play all sports -- basketball, football, ride my bike, all the things that kids do. But once my mom signed me up ... I got my first taste of what would be my lifelong passion."

Tom Brady was one of the many to congratulate Bonds in a tribute video.

Bonds is the 10th player in franchise history to have his number retired.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He's the best hitter in baseball, no doubt about it. It's impressive because he stays with his plan, he looks for mistakes and when he gets them he's not missing them." -- Alex Cora, on J.D. Martinez

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