Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff March 3, 2010 05:29 PM
At the far end of the visiting locker room at the Palace last night, Nate Robinson, Glen Davis and Shelden Williams sat at their lockers talking in a triangle about everything from their what it was like to watch the birth of their children to what it was like to sit on the bench with no other choice but to be patient.
Robinson was more or less the expert, having been exiled to the bench in New York, staying there for 14 games before Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni eventually let him out of the doghouse.
Williams, who had gone through his own stretch of 14-games as a spectator, recalled seeing video of Robinson keeping his routine up despite not playing. Running stairs, shooting before games. Robinson wanted to be ready.
So did Williams.
After a promising preseason and a solid start that saw him flirt with double-doubles on a handful of occasions, Williams saw his time slip when Davis returned to the lineup. He saw his minutes peak and valley in Atlanta and Sacramento, and now it was happening in Boston, but if it was affecting his attitude, he never let it show.
"Iím not going to lie, it was tough for me to do that," Williams said. "Being a competitor, I always want to go in there and compete and to not be able to do that is a tough thing. But I have to be ready. I have to be ready when my name is called."