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Grant Williams shares how he’s found success in the NBA as a rookie

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Boston Celtics first-year forward Grant Williams shared what has helped him find success in the NBA as a rookie in a recent video produced for the team’s website.

Discussing how the product people see on the court doesn’t necessarily reflect the work and leaps players make in practice, Williams notes the importance of taking things “With a grain of salt” and not “Personally.”

The infamous rookie wall, to the former Vol, is something that will come when “They just are so wound up and tired – and not used to it.”

“It” presumably referring to the grind of an 82-game season, more than twice as long as a collegiate season for most teams at that level, even counting friendlies and conference and other postseason tourneys. “So, that’s where I was hard of myself and I just put more time in and worked harder.”

How did the North Carolinian forward push through the cold streak – and more importantly, the funk it helped create?

Time in the gym, even when he’s not feeling it.

“It’s really important to have that intrinsic motivation, because you want to be that person that is not only the best you can be,” noted Williams, “But you also want to put that passion into everyday living.”

Sage advice, coming from a rookie.

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