Grant Williams doesn’t agree with Kyrie Irving that the earth is flat

The Celtics draft pick's mother has worked for NASA for 25 years.

Tennessee forward Grant Williams drives against Purdue center Matt Haarms.
Tennessee forward Grant Williams drives against Purdue center Matt Haarms. –Timothy D. Easley / AP Photo

Grant Williams’s mother has worked for NASA for 25 years, and he’s picked up a lot of knowledge about outer space along the way.

“With my mom, I don’t really think of theories,” Williams told Stadium’s Shams Charania. “I kind of know for sure what’s what. It’s kind of nice to have that mindset.”

One fact Williams, whom the Celtics selected 22nd overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft, knows for sure is that the earth is round. He told Charania that Kyrie Irving’s theory is wrong.

“Kyrie’s ‘Earth is flat theory’ is just scientifically not true,” Williams said. “That’s the one thing I can debunk, if we’re being pretty honest. That’s just not true at all.”

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The University of Tennessee product called his mother incredible, noting that her perseverance has helped mold him into the person he is today. He said his mother – along with his father, who’s an educator – guided him as he developed a high IQ that has served him well on the court.

He helped his mom problem solve when she came home from work, and he believes that critical thinking ability separates him from other players.

“She has a lot of stories that I probably can’t tell, but they’re really exciting,” Williams told Charania.