Robert Williams gets criticized by Dick Vitale, but makes it to second summer league practice

Williams finally reporting to summer league practice comes after a couple of gaffes.

Robert Williams
Robert Williams and general manager Danny Ainge at an introductory press conference. –David L Ryan/Globe Staff

One day after missing the Celtics’ first summer league practice, the Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach was told that Williams made it to Monday’s summer league session.

Williams finally reporting to summer league practice comes after a couple of gaffes.

The morning after the former Texas A&M player was drafted 27th overall, he overslept for a media conference call. But far more seriously, Williams missed his flight ahead of Sunday’s opening session.

The latter spurred some pointed criticism from ESPN analyst Dick Vitale late Sunday.

“This dude better learn to REPECT [sic] the tradition of @Celtics/ what a way for ROBERT WILLIAMS to start his @NBA career He is making a fool of himself !’’ Vitale tweeted.


Williams, who is 6 feet 10 inches and 237 pounds, played two seasons for the Aggies, averaging 11.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. In his sophomore campaign, the 20-year-old played in 30 games, grabbed 9.2 rebounds, scored 10.4 points, and blocked 2.6 shots per game en route to being named co-SEC defensive player of the year and leading the conference in rebounding.

“I think with every rookie that comes into the NBA it’s really a race to maturity, and some people are further ahead like a Jayson Tatum,’’ said Jay Larranaga, who is coaching the summer league squad, on Sunday. “And a lot of guys have some work catching up to do. So Robert, like I said, when he gets here tomorrow we’ll start working with him. And I’m just excited to get to meet him.’’