Robert Williams has had a rough start to his NBA career. The No. 27-overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft has missed a handful of obligations with the Boston Celtics this summer — not because he’s holding out over a contract or unhappy with his status, but because he’s just kind of a forgetful guy.
Williams missed a conference call the morning after the draft thanks to oversleeping. Then he missed his first practice with the Celtics’ Summer League team, all because he lost his wallet.
A story from Masslive.com’s Tom Westerholm broke down what must have been an anxiety-laden two days for Williams as a missing wallet forced thousands of #HotTakes for the athletic big man online. He first lost the wallet while attending his in-person introductory press conference in Boston, but team staffers were able to retrieve it from his hotel in time to fly him back to College Station, Texas, where he’d attended Texas A&M University.
It wasn’t until he was ready to leave Texas for the Celtics’ Summer League practices in Las Vegas that he’d realized he’d lost it again. This time he knew where it was — with former teammate D.J. Hogg — but had no way of getting it before his flight to Nevada.
“I was like, ‘Yo bro, I can’t get my wallet. D.J., send me my wallet,’” Williams said.
But Williams said Hogg told him overnight shipping was too expensive.
”I was like ‘Bro, you have money bro,’” Williams said. “But he just brought it out here (to Las Vegas).”
Hogg was able to hand off the wallet in person since he’s playing for the Pelicans’ Summer League team, and Williams was still able to get through security despite lacking identification — though the process took so long that he missed his flight and Boston’s subsequent first practice.
The whole story leaves me with some questions.
- How did Williams lose his wallet a second time? If I leave my wallet, phone, or keys anywhere I am hyper aware of their presence for the following six weeks. Losing a wallet twice in two days is some extremely Michael Scott nonsense.
- Why did Williams think overnighting the wallet was going to help in any meaningful way, considering Hogg was playing in the same Summer League he was? The Pelicans began their practices just one day after the Celtics did, which puts Hogg in Vegas on July 2. Williams asked him to ship the wallet, according to Westerholm’s timeline, on July 1. Overnighting would have saved him, what, a couple hours tops?
- Why did Williams expect Hogg to pay for the cost of shipping his wallet? Was it because he had no money on him? Couldn’t he have at least offered to pay in his version of the story?
- When will the Celtics buy Williams a wallet chain, preferably to attach to a pair of extremely wide-legged JNCOs?
To his credit, Williams has owned every one of his mistakes, all of which have been pretty minor in scope. He told the media the missed calls, flights, and practices were all “on [him]” in a Summer League press conference earlier in July. And honestly, that’s all these were. Simple, easily explainable, totally hilarious mistakes.
But damn, man. How do you lose your wallet twice in two days?