Grant Williams may be in for a bit of a surprise when the real Boston weather hits, since he considers Knoxville, Tennessee cold. For now, though, he’s taking full advantage of the city, making a trip to Fenway Park with fellow Celtics 2019 draft pick Carsen Edwards on Tuesday.
The pair couldn’t take two steps without getting an autograph or selfie request. Edwards may have said yes to every single one — he admittedly has a tough time walking away from a fan asking for a few seconds of his time. Williams had his share of requests, too. He gave a select few fans the greatest treat of the night by hopping on FaceTime with Tacko Fall as they all screaming “Taco Tuesday!” in the background.
But the 21st overall pick was enamored by the display the Royals put on during batting practice — and quickly changed his initial stance, first thinking he could definitely hit a home run. (Though he does think he’d be better than Giannis Antetokounmpo, who struggled in his attempt with the Yankees.)
— ESPN (@espn) July 16, 2019
Then came the first pitch. Many have tried and failed, epically. Williams, who’d only thrown out a first pitch at a Tennessee softball game before (and apparently didn’t do all that well), was a bit nervous leading up to his big moment.
“I want to be the guy that, like, actually gets the pitch there,” he said before making his way to the mound. “Not like 50 Cent did.”
He and Edwards did well enough, certainly better than 50 Cent.
Grant Williams and Carsen Edwards throwing out the first pitch in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/N2HjrUu07v
— Nick Friar (@Nick_Friar) August 6, 2019
Coming up to the mound … @50cent!
5 years ago today, 50 threw out a not-so-great first pitch — pic.twitter.com/RiJpJDuL7F
— ESPN (@espn) May 27, 2019
But Williams has taken in more than Fenway Park and the Auerbach Center. He’s getting the whole Boston experience.
“I kind of want to figure out new restaurants, figure out what’s going on because, just like anything, you want to be accustomed (to) where you’re living and also meet the people around,” he said. “Because I’m welcomed, really, a lot by everyone in Boston, it’s been amazing. I’m thankful. The city is beautiful. Driving around, you drive by the East Charles River every single time. It’s really nice. I’m just excited to not only be a part of the community, but hopefully (also) add some value to it.”
The Celtics rookie forward did take a second to assess where the team stands as summer workouts continue. Although Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are away with Team USA, and Enes Kanter is running his clinics across the country, a good portion of the roster has had the chance to work together.
Williams likes what he’s seen so far.
“Honestly, just being around a group of guys, like Carsen and Gordon (Hayward) and those guys that really put the time in and just show us how to work at this level,” he said. “It’s been really great just (because) we’re kind of getting used to each other, more accustomed. I think we blend well, we work well together. We’re goofy. Me and Semi (Ojeleye) today, we were just goofing around and Carsen’s probably the biggest goof of us all.
“I think it’s going to be a great year just chemistry-wise and also great on the court because we have a lot of talented players.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog