HoopsHype Terrence Williams rumors

April 5, 2013 Updates

But six years after his father’s murder, Williams suffered another loss. His grandmother fell ill with cancer and passed away in his Seattle, Wa. home when he was 12. “My grandma played the big role because I called her 'The Queen,’” Williams said. “She was definitely the queen of the family and the warden at the same time. She was the warden because she had no problem calling you ugly, she had no problem talking about you, then she had no problem, in the same breath, giving you her last five dollars.” Williams stayed strong, assuming a large responsibility for a child his age. At 13, he began working to help financially. Whether it was cutting grass or selling shoes, he found ways to assist in supporting his family. “I’ve been paying the bills for 12 years now,” Williams, 25, says. CSNNE.com

While stepping into the role of man of the house, Williams was faced with another grown-up decision as a young teenager. He had spent time at the home of his friend Marcus Williams and was taken aback by it. There was a guest bedroom, a spare bedroom, and a piano room. Even their dog was friendly. “I had never seen anything like this,” he recounted. Williams didn’t want to leave. He asked his mother if he could move in – she said no. But when the seventh grader pointed out the move could help his future, she agreed. He still returned home on the weekends. “With Terrence, unfortunately for him it was one of those situations where it was really necessary,” said Williams’ Rainier Beach High School basketball coach, Mike Bethea. “Marcus' mom was like a second mom for him and Marcus was like a brother. In order for him to make it, she was going to hold him really accountable and kind of like humble him to where, 'You're the kid and I'm the adult.' It was one of those things where if you let him, Terrence would run over you and he couldn't do it with Marcus' mom." CSNNE.com

Williams relocated more than 2,300 miles from home to become a Louisville Cardinal. The plan had been for his best friend, Roland Akers, to move to Kentucky with him during his sophomore year. Akers had been there every step of the way and the two wanted to enjoy the next phase of Williams' career together. Their childhood dream was gone in an instant. "I think the people he was with were drinking and he was in a car," said Williams. "They were by his house and they got into an accident and hit a pole and he died instantly. I had just talked to him and I told him to go home. He was like alright, and I got a call four hours later and I was told that he passed." CSNNE.com

Williams' tattoos, which he has lost count of by now, depict the story of his life and serve as constant reminders to keep on pushing. "I have to prove everything," he said matter-of-factly. "What have I proved? Nothing. I just proved I can wear number 55 and some funny looking shoes. I feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m turning 21 again on Draft Night and just getting drafted. To me, to be honest, I feel like I have to prove everything. To me, in my mind, I’m knocking down my shot consistently but I want the world to see that. I want the world to see that he’s improved on his shot, that he can handle the ball. "Until then, there’s a lot to prove." CSNNE.com

March 5, 2013 Updates

But while Williams appreciates where he has landed, he doesn’t for a minute want to take his foot off the gas pedal now that he’s driving in the proper direction. “It’s a comfort level, but I don’t want to be too comfortable,” he said yesterday before practice and a flight to Philadelphia. “At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is not reached. I have the satisfaction that I have some type of security in my mind, but I still have to work every day. “It’s definitely a load off to know that in the summer you know who you’re working for. You’re not thinking about trying to find a team or thinking about overseas or anything like that. You know who you’re working for.” Boston Herald

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Team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was coy this morning when asked about Terrence Williams' contract, telling the Globe "we're still negotiating" with a wry smile. The Celtics were indeed negotiating with Williams' representatives on a deal not only for the remainder of this season but a conditional deal for 2013-14, according to an NBA source. Williams has played three games for the Celtics entering tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors but has impressed with his ability to play point guard. Boston Globe

February 28, 2013 Updates

But Williams’ coach at Louisville thinks he knows why there has been so much travel, and he sees the not-so-merry-go-round coming to a pleasant stop. The former Celtics coach believes Williams, now on a 10-day contract, will find a home here after failed hopes with the Nets and brief runs with Houston and Sacramento, a training camp stint with Detroit and questions about his basketball character. “You know, I had a great experience with him,” Pitino told the Herald in a phone interview. “He spent four years with me, and I had a really wonderful experience. He was the type of young man that whatever I asked him to do, he did. “He was really low maintenance for me to coach. And I was surprised that I heard different in New Jersey. You know, if I asked him to not shoot and go out and get me 15 rebounds create eight or nine assists, whatever I asked him to do, he did. And it was that way for four years. He was a pleasure to coach.” Boston Herald

The Celts, he added, could be the right team at the right time for the versatile 6-foot-6 swingman who may be of most value as a point guard. “He’s not going to give anybody any trouble; I know that,” Pitino said. “I mean, he’s learned from going to China. He’s matured. And like a lot of these guys, he’s had a tough background. He never had a whole lot of hugs growing up in his life. But I really do think it’ll work out this time, and somebody’s going to get a real good basketball player who’s all about winning, and that’s what really the Celtics are all about, so I think he’ll fit in great.” Boston Herald

February 20, 2013 Updates

But Williams, whom the Celtics signed to a 10-day contract Monday, won’t be able to join the Celtics on the court until he receives a letter of clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association, and he didn’t receive that letter in time for Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets. Williams most recently played in China for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the CBA. Under the NBA’s agreement with FIBA (Federation International de Basketball), a player must receive a letter of clearance from the FIBA team he played for before joining an NBA team. “Sometimes that’s quick, sometimes that’s a long process,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. “We’re trying to finalize that paperwork. I’m hopeful that it will get done soon.” Boston Globe

February 19, 2013 Updates

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