Former Boston Celtics fan favorite Tacko Fall is already out of the NBA, having signed a one-year deal in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers — marking the end of a three-year career split between the Cs and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Fall, a former member of the UCF Knights of the American Athletic Conference, spent time earlier in the summer representing the Utah Jazz during the NBA’s 2022 Las Vegas Summer League. His most notable effort came in a 12-point, 15-rebound, three-block performance during an 83-82 victory over the Dallas Mavericks SL squad.
Fall played a total of 37 games during his first three seasons mostly as a reserve. 26 of those came in a Boston Celtics uniform during the pandemic-stricken 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. His statistical output progressively declined in his short NBA stay.
Shams Charania had the update Wednesday night:
The Boston Celtics should have considered a Tacko Fall return
Given the current makeup of the Boston Celtics roster, a return for Tacko Fall shouldn’t have been ruled out of the equation considering their current frontcourt needs. Luke Kornet is the first true center off the bench at the moment, and while Kornet is a far more skilled option offensively, he doesn’t provide nearly the presence Fall does on the floor at the other end.
Fall is someone that provided unmatched energy when he’d step into the game, getting the large majority of the T.D. Garden to leave their feet and give him the largest ovation of the night during his time wearing green.
While Fall wouldn’t be the answer to just about any of the second unit questions the franchise may currently have, he would have been a far more celebrated addition than Enes Kanter Freedom a year ago. If Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations ever wants to bring back another center he has coached before, just as he did with Kanter, Al Horford, and Daniel Theis, Fall should be an option he’d welcome back with open arms.
Because the T.D. Garden certainly would.