BOSTON — Someone get Gordon Hayward’s number for Grant Williams immediately.
As Boston’s quartet of recent draftees arrived in the city late Sunday night, Williams texted the others hoping they could huddle at the hotel for some video games. The others weren’t quite as eager — though the four of them did eventually engage in a group FaceTime to plot outfits for Monday’s introductions — and Williams' video game excitement became a bit of a running gag as the players met with the media.
And Williams didn’t back down from the barbs.
“Oh yeah I’m a nerd and a goofball and that's where I think we all get along,” Williams said of the good-natured video game ribbing from his new teammates. "We’re all pretty goofy in this group of guys. We’re trying to get Romeo [Langford] out of his shell, though. We gotta work on that.”
Williams tried to explain his desire for late-night gaming.
“I was playing Catan on my Switch. I’m a huge Catan guy, so the fact that they made it available on the Switch where you can play multiple player and single player… the fact that they have a single-player mode, they should have never done that,” said Williams. "I spend too much time on it.”
The others seemed a bit confused about what exactly Williams wanted to do.
“We were talking on FaceTime, and I had just gotten into Boston, and [Williams] was like, ‘Do you want to play games?’” explained second-round pick Carsen Edwards. "And I’m like, ‘Dude, I just got here.’ He’s like, ‘I play board games, too.’ It’s just stuff you don’t expect but he’s a really good dude. And I’m excited to be around him and get to know him more as a person.”
Later, Edwards added: "I don’t know. It was like 11:30. He just kept asking, ‘Should I pull my game up?’ Like, he was asking, but he was really hoping [the other rookies would say yes].”
Second-round pick Tremont Waters detailed how, after getting denied on the video game request, Williams came up with the idea for the group FaceTime. The four rookies showed obvious chemistry during their first foray with the media.
Admitted Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge: “These guys seem to have a pretty good bond.”
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