Patrick Williams had a confession after putting together his best performance of the season.
Williams revealed he was late for the team’s morning routine when speaking with reporters after the team’s 135-130 overtime triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Patrick Williams reportedly confessed, “I’m not sure whether you guys know, but I was also late to shoot around this morning.” “I just felt like I betrayed the boys.” I felt like I had let the boys down by missing some of the film session, so tonight I wanted to come out here and give it my all. Please inform the guys that I am still locked in.
We can’t afford to have guys late to shoot around or anything like that at this juncture in the season. I apologised profusely to those people and simply stated that I will give it my all tonight.”
Given that it resulted in his fourth double-double in his brief career, I believe it’s understandable.
In a career-high 37 minutes of action, the second-year forward scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he made a couple of 3-pointers and finished two thunderous dunks, the first of which will have me suing SportsCenter if it doesn’t make their Top-10 Plays.
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Williams went on to say that he had no excuse for being late, and that he had been penalised by the team.
The fact that Williams confessed to reporters after the game felt like a deeper glimpse into his personality. But, as great as the youthful candour was, DeMar DeRozan was taken aback when he realised that his 20-year-old teammate had leaked the information.
“Did he say that?” I need to tell him not to say that in front of the press. He’s on the verge of passing out. He needs to study. What was he thinking when he said that? With a disbelieving grin, DeRozan added, “Sh*t.”
“He was late, to be sure.” You pounce on him. Then you turn into a joke at the same time, but you definitely get on his nerves. I said anything to him, and then you make a comedy out of it. He made sure he was an hour ahead of schedule today, so keep an eye on him. It’s not going to happen again.”
DeRozan’s surprise is understandable. Not only is it unusual for a player to be so forthright, but it’s also true that some situations like this are better handled behind the scenes. While I applaud Williams for disclosing part of the reason for his eagerness to step up, the last thing he or the team wants is for it to harm his or the team’s image.
I can only speak for myself, but Williams’ tardiness makes no difference to my impressions of his devotion or character. We all make errors, and Williams appears to have already learned from his.