LAS VEGAS — With Zion Williamson sidelined with a knee injury, Tacko Fall may very well be the most popular player in Las Vegas at the moment. The undrafted center has been a fan favorite since debuting on Saturday for the Celtics, with endless cheers resulting in any time he comes off the bench or is directly involved in a play. Celtics head coach Scott Morrison even receives a cascade of boos when he pulls the 7-foot-6 center out of the game, something that has happened quite frequently with the team managing a 13-man rotation the past two games.
“I told him today it’s nice to have the crowd rooting for you, but not to forget why he’s here,” Morrison said of all the extra attention. “And that’s to prove that he belongs. And I told him I think he does, and I’ll do everything I can to help him show that while he’s here.”
Fall has managed to hold up that end of the bargain during the first two games of summer league after signing an exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics last month. He has played just 22 total minutes over the past three days but looks like a guy who has a chance to perform at the NBA level despite his clear limitations.