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Celtics At Home: Grant Williams details life as Kemba Walker's roommate

Celtics At Home: Grant Williams details life as Kemba Walker's roommate

Boston Celtics teammates Grant Williams and Kemba Walker haven't been able to step on the court together for the last couple of months, but they've still seen plenty of one another since the NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walker extended Williams an offer to live with him at his house in Charlotte, North Carolina during quarantine, and the rookie gladly accepted. Williams recently talked about his experience living with Walker, saying "it’s been amazing" and the two have gotten to know each other much better over the last few weeks.

In NBC Sports Boston's latest edition of "Celtics At Home," Williams talked to Abby Chin about who has been taking care of all of the cooking and cleaning during his time living with Walker.

"I actually just let the dogs out to use the bathroom outside right before I got on this call," Williams told Chin. "In regards to cooking and cleaning, we're pretty clean people. So we do our best to keep everything tidy. But cooking, he has his own chef and she does a phenomenal job of taking care of the both of us now and I'm thankful for her, Chef Chianti, and I thought about hiring her too. We're enjoying that, and the times we're on our own we just kind of either order something or make. Kemba's not that bad of a cook and I'm not either so we've been enjoying the time."

As for his favorite meal to make?

"I love cooking Asian stir fry," Williams answered. "I add a lot of things to it, my dad taught me how to make it. Then there's these dirty green beans we make and all this other stuff that we have, so those are probably my two favorite."

Williams also chats with Abby about the impact on his body the NBA has vs. college, his biggest non-basketball accomplishment, and more. Also joining us on the latest episode of "Celtics At Home" are Cedric Maxwell, Sean Grande, Kyle Draper, and Brian Scalabrine for a game of Celtics Census.

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Grant Williams took up Kemba Walker's offer to live together during quarantine

Grant Williams took up Kemba Walker's offer to live together during quarantine

Grant Williams said Boston Celtics teammate Kemba Walker extended an offer for the rookie to live with him during quarantine and the two have been roommates at Walker’s Charlotte, North Carolina home while waiting to see what becomes of the 2019-20 season.

“For as much as I talk, I’m glad that he even considered it,” quipped Williams.

For Williams, who grew up and played his high school ball in Charlotte, being around familiar places but still being able to absorb from a veteran teammate has maximized his quarantine experience.

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"It’s been amazing,” said Williams. "Just hanging out. Relaxing, being able to get to know each other better, as well as work out together because we’re here, we’re isolated … It was just a great decision.

“[Walker] actually offered it because I was debating even coming home and I was worried because I knew I was going to be either in and out of the house, working out at different places, if possible, or going somewhere to at least stay active. … He said, ‘If you want, you can always stay with me,’ and I took him up on the offer and I’m thankful for him.”

Williams said that Walker has both a weight room and a basketball court on the grounds of what’s listed as an 8,000-square foot home online, which allows the rookie to stay sharp in all facets of the game.

What kind of roommate is Walker?

"He’s great because he’s comfortable. He’s very to himself,” said Williams. "He relaxes a lot and takes care of himself. He’s not really high maintenance or anything like that. So he’s a great dude. In general, he’s one of the best human beings I’ve met throughout this process. He’s a genuine guy. So all he does really is just relax, play games, and watch film, basically. Do everything he can working out too, so that’s about all.”

Williams said he’s kept busy during quarantine by both mentoring a group of kids back in Boston and learning new card games to keep his mind active.

“Honestly, I’ve done a lot,” said Williams. "I’ve tried to stay active. I picked up that mentor program with my kids. I actually have a call with them after I get off the call with [reporters]. And trying to keep them engaged and their minds flowing because they’re in Boston right now and on their own, not able to see friends and stuff. So I’m trying to give them light in kind of the darkness.

"And then also I’ve done a lot of card games because Kemba enjoys cards. I’ve learned how to play Dominion because Mike Zarren, our assistant GM, plays that. So I was like, you know what, I’ll pick that up, too. So I’ve been playing that on my laptop or iPad all the time. Honestly, just whatever is suggested. I have Spades on my phone, Uno on my phone, chess on my phone. I could go down the list. And also video games. I’ve been playing Call of Duty. And I spend my time with basketball, too. So film. And trying to stay active and FaceTime with my family, trying to keep in touch.”

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Williams said he’s hopeful he gets his first taste of the playoffs if the NBA season resumes. He’s confident the league will prioritize player safety and is on board with a neutral site location like Orlando.

He said Celtics players are doing all they can to maintain the obvious chemistry that existed before the season paused.

“We definitely, as a team, keep in touch,” said Williams. "We honestly text every day, we have our group chat, and we do our thing to keep in contact and check in on each other, make sure everybody is staying active.

“The Celtics have done a great job of keeping us going with lifts. We can get on FaceTime or Zoom and all lift together and do certain things. So, at different times of the day, certain people might be in different time zones, depending on where you’re at. My group is definitely me, Tacko [Fall], Carsen [Edwards], Brad [Wanamaker], Semi [Ojeleye] — we have a big group. So we’ve been going for a while.”

Celtics' rookie class gets ruthless assessment from NBA scouts, execs

Celtics' rookie class gets ruthless assessment from NBA scouts, execs

The Boston Celtics' present and future look very bright -- but not because of the newest additions to their roster.

That seems to be the consensus among NBA executives and scouts who spoke to Keith Smith of SB Nation's Celtics Blog.

The Celtics netted four players in the 2019 NBA Draft -- Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters -- and signed big men Tacko Fall and Vincent Poirier to round out their rookie class.

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Here's what one Eastern Conference scout told Smith about that group. (Spoiler: It's not very nice.)

I think they stink. Well, that’s a little harsh. I mean they’re fine, but there isn’t anyone special in the whole bunch. Williams is a backup role player for his whole career. That’s fine, but whatever. The Indiana kid (Langford) can’t shoot. How can you be a shooting guard if you can’t shoot? Carsen Edwards will be a G-League All-Star for years.

The best of the bunch is Tremont Waters. He can play. I think he’s eventually a pretty good backup point guard. So, great. A bunch of backups. You need backups, but none of these guys are special.

Like we said: Not very nice.

Ironically, the scout views Boston's last pick (Waters at No. 51 overall) as its top rookie, and with good reason: The LSU product earned G League Player of the Month honors for November and has been one of the Maine Red Claws' best players.

This scout isn't alone in their strong opinion, either: One East front office executive told Smith the Celtics' rookies are "all whatever," while a Western Conference executive labeled the Edwards pick a "waste and a miss." 

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At least an East executive let president of basketball operations Danny Ainge down a little more gently.

"We all have misses," the exec told Smith. "I think this group has some misses."

The numbers don't do Boston's rookies any favors: Grant Williams was the Celtics' leading first-year scorer when the NBA went on hiatus at just 3.5 points per game. Langford, the team's top pick at No. 14 overall, is averaging just 2.7 points per game over 27 contests.

Of course, the C's haven't needed their rookies this season on a deep, talented roster led by two recent home run draft picks in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. There's also plenty of time for the 2019 class to prove their doubters wrong.

At the moment, though, this season's rookie crop is leaning more toward strikeout than home run.