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Celtics rookie Robert Williams admits fault for missed flight: ‘It’s all on me’

Robert Williams’ career with the Boston Celtics got off to an inauspicious start, to say the least. At least the rookie out of Texas A&M, selected by the Celtics with the No. 27 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is taking responsibility for a few missteps that arguably merit some concern.

Williams’ first embarrassing gaffe involved oversleeping his scheduled introductory conference call the day after the draft. And then, two days after his introductory presser in Boston last week, Williams missed his return flight back into town, causing him to miss the start of the Celtics’ summer workouts.

Williams on Tuesday took ownership for his mistakes while speaking with the media ahead of a scheduled summer workout at the team’s sparkling new practice facility.

“I went home, did a couple of things, then just a missed flight,” Williams said, via ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “Missed communication by me. It’s all on me. So we’re going to push forward and move past that.”

Reports of a poor work ethic have long plagued Williams, whose unsavory reputation in that regard played a significant role in him plummeting to the Celtics late in the first round after being being projected as a potential lottery pick.

The Celtics evidently harped on the work ethic issue with Williams upon his initial arrival in Boston after the draft. It appears the team reemphasized as much in light of the 20-year-old’s missteps.

“Just accountability, which they stressed to me a lot when I first got here,” Williams said. “Just accountability and just stressing that this is a job. Things are different in college so just knowing what you have and the opportunities are limited.”

Williams went on to admit his mistakes — and presumably the Celtics’ reaction to them — served as an early wake-up call.

“Definitely. I talked to Coach [Brad] Stevens when I got back and he obviously explained to me about the opportunity. There’s not that many so definitely a real wake-up call,” Williams said.