Why the Celtics are glad Grant Williams is learning how hard officiating is


“Nobody can make it as difficult for him as the referees.”

Brad Stevens has words with forward Grant Williams, who refereed during his Summer League team’s practice at the Auerbach Center. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Celtics forward Grant Williams has gained some notoriety for his treatment of umpires during the playoffs.

Williams — perhaps more so than even Jayson Tatum or other frequent whiners on the team — made sure to vocalize his displeasure when officers made a call he didn’t like, and a significant majority of the calls appeared to be awkward.

The Celtics didn’t always side with Williams, and over the course of the postseason were often asked by reporters if their players were overcomplaining.

“I always thought that in my most emotional moments as a coach I would go back and watch the game afterwards and most of the decisions were usually correct,” Brad Stevens said shortly after the end of the season. “I don’t think it was always like that, but mostly it was like that. And so I think the longer you go through it and the more into it you just have to control what you can control.”

Well, it seems the coaching staff want Williams to see things from the officials’ point of view. Williams was in town Tuesday to referee scrimmages between members of the Celtics Summer League team, and Celtics Summer League coach Ben Sullivan was questioned about Williams’ new job after Tuesday’s practice session.

“Like the quality of the reef, right…?” Sullivan quipped. “No, Grant was fine. It’s good for Grant to see how tough the job actually is so he has a better perspective when he’s hard on them.

Was anyone hard on Williams?

“Nobody can give him a hard time like the umpires,” Sullivan said.

Williams – who also got crisp with several opposing players, including Draymond Green – picked up four technical problems during the playoffs. The Celtics would apparently prefer if he toned down extracurricular chatter during games next season.

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