Celtics level guard Kemba Walker has a brand new roommate: rookie Grant Williams.
The two reside collectively in Walker’s residence in Charlotte, N.C., the place Williams grew up and Walker spent eight seasons of his NBA profession. When the NBA suspended its season in March, Walker returned south and Williams wished to do the identical, however issues about being round his grandparents and different relations had him hesitant to make the journey.
“I was debating even coming home,” Williams mentioned in a video convention Thursday afternoon. “[Kemba] mentioned, ‘If you want, you can always stay with me.’”
Williams took him up on the offer.
The house potentially featured one more teammate, as Javonte Green also received an invitation to come join, but for now, it’s simply Williams and Walker.
The pair have been making use of Walker’s outside basketball courtroom, getting pictures up, rebounding for each other, and dealing on ball-handling drills. They haven’t performed any one-on-one so as to restrict their danger of damage and quantity of contact.
“A light contest is different than guarding somebody straight up, and potentially rolling an ankle or something like that, so we’re just being cautious,” Williams mentioned.
As for what Walker is like as a roommate?
He primarily retains to himself, in accordance with Williams. They’ve performed playing cards collectively, with Walker utilizing most of his different free time to observe movie or chill out.
“He’s not really high maintenance or anything like that,” mentioned Williams.
For his half, Williams has stayed busy. He’s picked up a brand new board recreation, Dominion, a favourite of assistant basic supervisor Mike Zarren, and has an assortment of apps on his telephone, from chess to spades to Uno. He additionally has launched a digital mentoring program for a gaggle of teenage boys within the Boston space.
The NBA season stays shut down, because the league is working by way of potential situations to renew motion. The Celtics’ follow facility in Brighton additionally has but to reopen.
“They’re going to do their best to protect us,” Williams mentioned. “I trust not only the Celtics and what they’re going to provide with our facility when it’s all set and ready to go, and then same with the league when it comes to wherever we play or when we play. They’re going to have every single thing locked down.”