Patrick Williams said all the right things in his exit interview with the media recently.
The Bulls power forward always does.
When it comes to actions, however, that’s where the No. 4 overall pick from the 2020 draft has fallen short.
Williams often talks about being aggressive offensively but seldom has been. He has been open about being an elite defender but has appeared overmatched against the game’s best. He has spoken about being a driver of the Bulls’ bus as the organization has returned to relevancy but can often be found in the back seats near the emergency exit.
That’s why this offseason will be paramount for Williams and the franchise.
At some point, words and actions have to join hands if the former Florida State standout is going to justify his No. 4 selection.
Even Williams knows that. At least he said he did.
“As long as I know what I’m capable of . . . I know what I can do. I know what I can’t do. I know what I’m learning to do,’’ Williams said of living up to his high draft status. “Obviously, I have confidence in myself, but when you have the confidence of the coaching staff, your front office, your teammates, it’s easy to kind of back yourself, be confident in yourself. So I don’t really think too much of it. I just play basketball, learn as much as I can, take it…