By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Standing at 7-foot-6, Tacko Fall is used to the stares.
And Fall is also used to the difficulties with requiring size 22 shoes and extra-large Ubers to get around comfortably.
“They don’t build things for people my size,” Fall told Toucher & Rich at Celtics Media Day at Canton’s High Output Studios. “Whether it’s clothes, shoes, cars. Even going through doors, I have to duck. Flying can sometimes be really hard.
“But there’s a lot of blessings in it, too, so I don’t complain about it.”
One of those blessings, of course, is the chance to land with the Celtics out of this year’s body-loaded training camp.
“For me, it’s just a matter of coming here and showing what I can do,” Fall, who remains with the Celtics on an Exhibit 10 contract, said. “I’ve had all summer to do that, I’ve been here [in Boston] pretty much the whole time. For me, just continuing to try to learn as much as possible from all the coaches, especially from Brad [Stevens]. He’s a heck of a coach.”
In addition to Stevens, Fall believes he’ll benefit from learning from an NBA veteran like Enes Kanter, who has happily helped Fall under his wing, both on and off the court, even when Fall is dunking on him at will.
The Senegalese-born Fall also noted that while he’s accustomed to fans rallying around his unique build and look, the fan support has been especially strong since Fall committed to trying to break into the NBA with the Celtics.
“I’ve really felt [support] in Boston,” Fall, a massive fan favorite at the 2019 Summer League and at every other appearance, acknowledged. “Everywhere I’ve been in Boston, I get the same reaction— people praying for me and rooting for me.
“I’ve seen it. I’m very blessed. I’m thankful for that. You don’t get that opportunity every day to be a part of something great and to impact other peoples’ lives, and to have so many people rooting for you. I’m really thankful for that, and hopefully I’ll make them proud.”