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Why Robert Williams is all-in on 'Time Lord' nickname (despite its origins)

Why Robert Williams is all-in on 'Time Lord' nickname (despite its origins)

If you've ever been a really cool nickname that's also slightly degrading, you know how Robert Williams feels.

The Celtics rookie is becoming a cult favorite in Boston thanks his awesome new moniker: the "Time Lord." There's one issue, though: The inspiration for the nickname comes in part from back-to-back incidents in which Williams overslept his introductory press conference and was absent from his first practice after missing a flight to Boston.

Whenever Williams hears "Time Lord" -- and he's heard it plenty -- he's reminded of those missteps. But the 21-year-old doesn't seem to mind.

"I'm embracing it, man," Williams told NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely on the latest edition of the "Celtics Talk" podcast. "I don't see a problem with it."

Part of the reason why? An early sit-down with head coach Brad Stevens, who helped set the rookie straight.

"This isn’t college, this isn’t second chances," Williams said of Stevens' message to him. "There’s a million people out there that can jump, you feel me? So, that just kind of turned my whole mindset around about the situation."

After atoning for his errors and regaining Stevens' trust, the Texas A&M product is signing off on "Time Lord" -- even if he's not totally sure where it came from.

"I don’t even want to get into that," he added. "But yeah, I embrace it. Definitely.

"You’ve got to be able to joke about your mistakes. I feel like once I learned from that and moved on from that I can joke about it. And if you can’t joke with yourself, there’s no getting better."

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Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

The Boston Celtics look to stay hot when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies inside the Orlando bubble Tuesday evening.

The C's are coming off dominant wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, followed by a nail-biter of an overtime victory vs. the Orlando Magic. They'll aim to make things easier on themselves in their second-to-last regular season matchup.

Memphis currently holds the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Following its loss to the Raptors on Sunday, there is guaranteed to be a play-in game between the No. 8 and 9 seeds in the West this Saturday.

As for the Celtics, they locked up the No. 3 seed on Friday.

Making Tuesday's game even more interesting is the Celtics own the rights to the Grizzlies' first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, unless Memphis' pick lands in the top six. If Boston beats Memphis on Tuesday, the Grizzlies' odds to make the playoffs decrease, which could convey the Celtics a slightly better draft pick.

NBC Sports Boston has you covered with complete coverage of Celtics vs. Grizzlies, starting at 4 p.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live". Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, with complete postgame analysis after the final buzzer on "Celtics Postgame Live."

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Celtics' Tacko Fall shows off unique golf swing to Mo Bamba's amusement

Celtics' Tacko Fall shows off unique golf swing to Mo Bamba's amusement

If you've never seen a 7-foot-5 human being swing a golf club, you're in for a treat.

Boston Celtics big man Tacko Fall joined Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba -- who's "only" 7 feet tall -- on an Orlando-area golf course Monday, getting in on what's become a popular NBA bubble activity.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Grizzlies, which begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 5 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

So, how is Fall's golf game? Let's just say his swing is ... interesting. Here's a look, courtesy of Bamba's Instagram story:

That swing isn't quite Charles Barkley, but it certainly isn't Tiger Woods, either.

Judging by Bamba's reaction to Fall's second shot, though, it sounds like the Celtics rookie is improving.

If you're wondering why Fall was golfing with a Magic player and not his own teammates, he and Bamba are close friends, with Bamba even recommending his shooting coach, Drew Hanlen, to the C's center last summer.

Perhaps Bamba also knows a swing coach he can put Fall in touch with, too?