Ever the salesman, Rick Pitino is always going to have nothing but rave reviews for his former pupils. With that said, it is hard not to sense a sincere enthusiasm and affection that he has for the young man. Steve Bulpett has an excellent interview with Pitino about his college days and his current situation (yet doesn't go into much detail on the 4 other NBA teams - plus China - that he's been on in the last 4 years).
If you listen to coach Rick, all Terrence needed was a few more hugs.
“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.” Pitino has asked close friends Walter McCarty and Celtics travel and equipment man John Connor to look out for Williams, and Jason Terry has said he’s known him for years from their Seattle ties and plans to be his guide.
Given his lottery level talent, all I can do is hope for the best with this kid. His 10 day contract is up to be renewed today - and Bulpett reports in another article that it is likely to happen. Here's hoping the right supporting cast around him will make all the difference.
Shoot, if it meant getting a lottery talent to live up to his potential, I'd travel with the team just to ask him how his day is going and give him a big man hug from time to time. I could be an entourage of one. Give me a call Danny.