by Alex Poletti
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In a scouting report for The Second String, a Maine correspondent revealed that the Celtics are watching 7’6 center Tacko Fall after he considerably improved his paint defense. However, his newfound aggression around the rim for the G-League Maine Red Claws ended up backfiring, as he got a concussion from hitting his head on a rim that was a little lower than he expected.
“I was under the rim in an athletic stance, getting reading to block a shot,” the undrafted rookie out of the University of Central Florida says. “It must have been a pretty low-set rim, because I stood up and felt a thud. At first I thought nothing of it, but I woke up the next morning in some serious pain.”
This isn’t the first time Fall has experienced tall-people-problems, previously getting a concussion by hitting his head on a low ceiling. However, despite incurring two concussions in the past few months, Fall is ready to play.
“Being a member of the Celtics, I’ve learned a lot about Boston and its sports culture,” the Senegalese phenom says. “The big stars in Boston history, like Rob Gronkowski, have endured hundreds of concussions. If I want to be a Boston legend, I need to start growing my resume now.”
After going undrafted, Fall signed a two-way contract with the Celtics. He became the story of the NBA preseason with the squad, showing considerable NBA promise. Rather than send him right up to the show to back Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, the New England franchise opted to harness his skills in the G-League.
Due to his court dynamism, Fall has reached celebrity status in Maine, having difficulty going outside without being accosted by fans. Reporters for The Second String asked locals about the phenomenon.
“It has nothing to do with his skill on the court or his height,” Portland local Trevor Monsieur says. “He’s just the first black person we’ve ever seen up here, so that’s pretty special.”
Fall is expected to miss some time recovering from his new concussions. Team executives have asked that he be more conscious of which rims he stands under during play, suggesting he hunches over as if entering a doorway just for precaution. Fall announced that he will stay in Maine during his recovery, meaning his doctors will treat him primarily through the use of lobster.