Patrick Williams was able to taste the demanding workouts of DeMar DeRozan


DeMar DeRozan had warned during his end-of-season press conference that Patrick Williams would be his main “victim” during the offseason.

The veteran full-back/winger had indeed planned to invite his sophomore teammate back to his home in Los Angeles to help turn him around, the 20-year-old winger having missed most of the season due to injury on the wrist following a big foul by Mitchell Robinson. DeMar DeRozan kept his promise, and Patrick Williams was invited to give his return on this experience in Stacey King’s podcast “Gimme the Hot Sauce”.

Wake up at 3:30 a.m., meet in the weight room at 5:00 a.m.

Did Patrick Williams have a bad time? “Clearly! But it’s been fun for me to be able to be around him, to see his program, his routine and what has made him the player he is.”he replied.

The program was indeed raised since he had to get up at 3:30 am to be in place in the weight room for 5 am! After a full session, the two players found themselves on the floor for a good hour of practical exercise, before taking a break to put the table back in the afternoon. “It’s his routine”continued Pat Williams, highlighting the mental strength of DeMar DeRozan.

“Everything he does has a mental aspect. Get up early in the morning, and see if you can go all out by 5 a.m. Can you hold out for the duration of the weight lifting session or the training session afterwards? Do you manage to stay focused when you have just worked out and got up early? Can you overcome fatigue? “.

A program loaded until the recovery

To prolong the fun, the two players also indulged in lively one-on-one sessions.

“We bump into each other during these exercises. I think it’s still something else that makes it so strong. He faces different people every summer. He invites different people every summer, he faces them in training sessions. He’s been championed by so many different people in training that the game becomes kind of second nature to him.”

The offseason is still long for Patrick Williams. His areas of work have already been identified for his third season in the league and revolve around one concept: regularity.

“There were times in the season or in my rookie year where I was playing well, where I was shooting pretty well, and other times when it was more difficult. I just have to be more consistent, whether it’s being aggressive, attacking the paint, going full defense, rebounding.”he added. “I showed what I could do and the team has confidence in me. It’s up to me to be more consistent now, it’s something I learned from being around Nikola Vucevic, Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball and DeMar and that I also see since I’m in the NBA from very good players . It can happen to have a bad game, but they always keep the same approach in the way they play. This is an important point, with for me the need to work on my shooting, my handling of the ball, to be more comfortable on the pick-and-roll, as a ball carrier and screener.

patrick williams Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2020-21 CHI 71 28 48.3 39.1 72.8 0.9 3.7 4.6 1.4 1.8 0.9 1.4 0.7 9.2
2021-22 CHI 17 25 52.9 51.7 73.2 1.0 3.1 4.1 0.9 1.7 0.5 0.9 0.5 9.0
Total 88 27 49.0 41.3 72.9 0.9 3.6 4.5 1.3 1.8 0.8 1.3 0.6 9.2

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