Celtics’ Williams gets apartment near facility to avoid future tardiness

Robert Williams won't be late to practice anymore.

Boston Celtics rookie big man Robert Williams has bought a new apartment which is right next to the team’s practice facility to avoid being late.

Williams overslept and missed his introductory conference call after the draft, forcing the Celtics to postpone the conference call for an hour. The 20-year-old was also late to the airport and missed a summer league practice a few days later.

In his two years at Texas A&M, Williams averaged 11.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. He is expected to fight for a spot on the team’s second unit.

Williams has been working with Al Horford and Aron Baynes this summer and is learning a lot from the two veterans.

“I learned you got to be a sponge when you’re around those guys,” Williams said. “Their work ethic — you’ve got guys in the offseason 6 in the morning coming in to get treatment and work out. They’re not obligated to do that.”