Hotel is home sweet home for Randolph, White

Hotel is home sweet home for Randolph, White
April 12, 2013, 9:30 am
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For some people, there's no better way to end a day than returning to the comforts of their home, cooking up a meal, and getting a good night's sleep in their own bed.

It's a different situation for Shavlik Randolph and D.J. White.

The two members of the Boston Celtics have been living in a hotel since signing 10-day contracts with the team more than six weeks ago. At the time, both were returning from playing in China and didn't know how long they would be with the C's. Since then, they have agreed to multiyear deals but have opted to stay in their team-provided hotel rooms for the remainder of the season.

"I was living in a hotel in China so I'm actually pretty used to it and I don't mind it at all," said Randolph. "It's grown on me."

Randolph's team in the Chinese Basketball Association, the Foshan Long Lions, was sponsored by a Swiss hotel chain and he enjoyed their accommodations. White, on the other hand, lived in an apartment while playing for the Shanghai Sharks and didn't have such a comfortable situation.

"The beds were as hard as this right here," he said, knocking on wood inside his locker. "They were terrible, so I'm just happy to be in a soft bed. I'm the type of person, I can blend in with whatever environment."

Both forwards say there are no negative side effects to living out of a hotel and have quickly adapted to their living quarters.

The hotel rooms include a living area and bedroom. There is also a microwave and a mini-fridge, big enough for bottles of water but not much more. Randolph and White eat meals provided by the team at practice and following games. Once back in their rooms, Randolph prefers to call for room service while White either eats out or orders a pizza. "I haven't had a home-cooked meal in a while," he said.

When it comes time to do laundry, White packs up his clothes in a suitcase and washes them in the hotel laundry room. When Randolph has downtime, he often heads to the lobby area to catch a game on one of the TVs or simply to be around other people.

Over the course of their stays, the players have become friendly with the hotel staff. White has given them tickets to Celtics games "just because," and Randolph is on a first-name basis with many who work there.

"I don't really know anybody here, I don't really have anybody with me," said Randolph. "I like being able to interact with people." He paused and laughed. "I'm very close with the workers in the hotel now."
Both Randolph and White would like to get their own places next season. This summer Randolph will return to his condo in North Carolina. White, who grew up in Alabama, is looking to relocate to Atlanta in the offseason.

"I don't really have my own spot right now," said White. "My hotel is my only home."

While most people visit hotels for vacations or business trips, Randolph and White have been on an extended stay they don't mind at all.

"It is going to be strange going home," said Randolph. "I'm getting to used to being able to pick up a phone and call and be like, 'This is what I want.' I'm not going to know what to do with myself having to go grocery shopping again and having to go out for dinner."