Tacko Fall ignites the crowd in Celtics preseason debut versus the Hornets
7'7" rookie Tacko Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics organization this summer and will find out what the future holds before the start of the season. Photo via Garrett Ellwood
Last night, the Celtics faced off against Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets at the TD Garden in Boston for their preseason opener and it sure was a night to remember.
There were various headline-grabbing storylines that came as a result of the Celtics' 107-106 victory over Charlotte, but perhaps the biggest and most notable (on social media anyways) was the massive reception Boston fans gave to undrafted rookie Tacko Fall.
It is still unclear whether or not Tacko will end up signing an official deal with Boston for next season, but if last night was an indication Celtics fans will be heartbroken if the team doesn't look to sign the 7'7" center.
Started by a pair of fans dressed as literal tacos at the game, the Garden roared with chants of "We want Tacko" on numerous occasions. It took over three-quarters of the exhibition match, but Coach Brad Stevens finally gave the people what they wanted. Fall played 8 significant minutes of the close game and tallied up 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks on 67% shooting along with the most shared highlight reel of the night.
After the game, Stevens had this to say about the 23-year-old rookie, his future in the NBA, and the reception he received from the fans:
"I think he's going to be in the NBA for a long time"
It is clear to everyone how hard Fall is working on securing a roster spot for this season and how much that has meant to Celtics' fans everywhere. Having this kind of fan support along with the heaps of potential in his game, it would be pretty hard for the Celtics' front office to just let this man walk away from Boston entirely. He is still a very young and raw talent for sure, but paraphrasing what Tommy Heinsohn said in the game's commentary last night he's the type of player that will only get better the more he plays.
Hopefully, we will get to see that talent continue to grow in a green and white Celtic uniform. For now, we will just have to wait and see how things go and trust that general manager Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the rest of the Celtics' front office make the right decision moving forward.
But what did you think of the hype for Tacko in last night's game??? Where do you stand on his future with the Celtics based on everything you have seen so far??? Let me know in the comment section below.