Former Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams gives Rick Barnes, his head coach at Tennessee, a lot of credit for helping to shape him into the player he is today. But Barnes was an intense, and often unorthodox, coach in how he did his job, a point talked on at length by Williams on a recent appearance on former teammate Theo Pinson‘s Tidal League “Run Your Race” podcast.
The Charlotte native recounted the intense practices that Barnes was known for, pushing players to their limits to make them better. He shared anecdotes about Barnes making players run extra sprints, challenging them to improve, often breaking them down emotionally.
Despite the challenging environment, Williams acknowledges that the tough training ultimately helped him become a better player.
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