Robert Williams has been battling knee tendonitis since the end of his college tenure with Texas A&M. The big man managed to play in only six minutes of Summer League before colliding with a 76er and missing the rest of the action due to the re-aggravation of the injury.
Williams is Seeing the Silver Lining in His Rehab
He understands the situation he is in and just wants to get back to healthy playing shape as soon as possible. Williams has spoken highly of the Celtics organization and their patience in dealing with his injury. He also sees this downtime as an opportunity to learn the X’s and O’s of the offense and all of the other technical aspects of being an NBA player.
“Just strengthening places I need to strengthen,” Williams said. “Obviously my knee, obviously knowing what’s going on out there on the court, knowing the calls before (Brad Stevens) throws in me a 5-on-5 game. He’s been teaching me actually the past couple days, just hammering in the calls, all the play names, all the big names for things, so it’s just been a great perspective, a great opportunity.”
Training camp is just a few weeks away, but Williams has been working hard to make a comeback as efficiently as possible.
“Still taking it day by day,” Williams said. “There’s people that have a lot of time, a lot of money invested in you now, they don’t want to mess up what they got going. But I’m thankful for the trainers and the coaches, just taking it day by day.”
Things Are Looking Up
After a rough start to his career with some post Draft issues, Williams already looks like he is maturing and beginning to take a more level-headed approach moving forward.
Brad Stevens expects a fully healthy roster by the start of training camp, so chances are Williams will be cleared for 5-on-5 in the near future. Hopefully, the big man can stay healthy this season, as he will have his plate full proving that he deserves a spot on this already loaded roster.
Photo: Faith Ninivaggi