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Celtics Notebook: Tacko Fall working with Embiid in Africa, preseason dates announced, Celtics get ready for Team USA camp

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A mix of news and notes on the C's as a fairly busy month of August begins for the franchise. 

Tacko Fall gets work in with Joel Embiid overseas. 

The 23-year-old center has spent much of the past week in his home country of Senegal as the league throws a party to kick off the beginning of the Basketball Africa League this year. Fall made the trip with a number of likely Hall of Famers including Dikembe Mutombo and Chris Bosh for the event and some basketball clinics, but also managed to spend some time with other active players on the trip such as Joel Embiid. The two centers share a trainer in Drew Hanlen (who also works with Semi Ojeleye and Jayson Tatum), which allowed the big men to connect.

“We worked on pretty much a lot of work on the post, and every now and then he would stop and try to show me some things and try to tell me about the game in the NBA,” Fall told Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach

According to team sources, Fall has spent virtually the entire offseason prior to the trip putting in lots of work at the team's practice facility. He should be back in Boston later this month to get ready for the start of training camp in September.

Celtics get ready for Team USA as camp invites get finalized

Some actual basketball will be taking place again next week as Team USA kicks off their training camp for the FIBA World Cup in Las Vegas starting on Monday August 5th through Thursday August 8th. There will be a scrimmage between the training camp players and the Select Team on Friday August 9th before final cuts are eventually made down to a 12-man roster. Andre Drummond became the latest player to pull out tonight, which leaves the Greg Popovich with this training camp roster heading into next week. Brad Stevens will also be attending part of camp, according to a team source.