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Celtics’ Robert Williams gets apartment near facility to avoid future tardiness

Robert Williams

No more tardiness issues for Boston Celtics first-round draft pick Robert Williams, at least hopefully.

The 20-year-old center out of Texas A&M has been criticized by Celtics fans for missing an introductory conference call after the draft and his first Summer League practice. But fans shouldn’t have to worry about Williams’ issue now, because he just got an apartment very close to the team’s practice facility.

This is an act of commitment for the young big man, as fans were worried that his evident lack of discipline could hamper his potential contributions to the team.

Williams overslept and missed his introductory conference call after the draft, forcing the team to reschedule for another hour. People gave him a pass, but then, the 6-foot-10 center missed his flight to Las Vegas and missed a Summer League practice.

More bad luck happened when Williams suffered a bruised left knee in his first game in Vegas.

Minus the discipline issues, analysts and fans were surprised to see Williams fall to the Celtics at No. 27. In his two years in Texas A&M, he posted averages of 11.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. The rookie is expected to fight for a spot on the team’s second unit with his impact on both ends of the floor.