Rivers Comfortable With Williams Signing
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers did their homework on Williams before signing him to a contract Friday, weighing his potential impact on the team chemistry.
“I talked to everyone,’’ Rivers said when asked whether he contacted NBA people who knew Williams. “I talked to nine coaches, assistant coaches, ex-players who played with him, because my locker room is unbelievable and I don’t want to bring in anyone, even if it was for five days, that’ll upset that.
“The one thing they all say is that he’s not just smart, he’s brilliant smart, but he does dumb things and we have to get him away from that, and [to] just being a ballplayer. That’s what he has to view himself as, and if he can do that, he has a chance.’’