Robert Williams absent from Boston Celtics' first summer league practice

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Williams, who spurned an offer to be at the draft in Brooklyn to instead gather with family and friends at a Buffalo Wild Wings in his native Louisiana on draft night, admitted he overslept a conference call the next morning.

He then proceeded to miss his return flight to Boston and the first practice of his career.

The rookie did make his introductory press conference in Boston last Friday, but made a decision to fly back home to Louisiana, despite the fact that the team had its first summer league practice on Sunday.

But his absence Sunday did nothing to dispel the lingering notion that Williams is not committed to putting in the work necessary to emerge as a contributor on a Celtics team with championship aspirations. "There's not that many so definitely a real wake-up call", Williams said. Really focused. Picked up the points of emphasis that we had [Monday] in practice really well. Seems very coachable. This is the beginning of the process for him and for the Summer League team.

Boston drafted the big man out of Texas A&M in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Williams said he didn't expect any discipline, except for maybe some extra sprints.

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Williams, 20, said he was upset with himself for making a bad first impression. "Just accountability and just stressing that this is a job. Things are different in college, so just knowing what you have and the opportunities are limited", he said. "Day 1 was good". "I talked to Coach (Brad) Stevens when I got back and he obviously explained to me about the opportunity".

Assistant coach Jay Larranaga said that the team was disappointed and that they will handle the matter internally.

"A lot of guys have some work catching up to do", Larranaga added. "And I'm just excited to get to meet him".

"I think he's got a chance to be a good player. Anyone who has seen him play knows that he's excited to do those things as well".

"People have a bad image of me, I guess you could say", he said.

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