In this edition of Beyond the Arc, CSNNE.com's Jessica Camerato talks to Celtics first round draft pick Fab Melo, who discusses his transition to the NBA.
Melo, now a 7-foot center, was a soccer player growing up in Brazil. He said the transition from soccer to basketball was difficult at first.
"The first thing I did with the basketball was try to kick it," he said.
A bigger transition was coming from Brazil and living in the United States.
"I didn't speak English at all," Melo said. "It was tough, but a good experience."
Melo said he knows his game is still a work in progress and he's excited about getting tips from Celtics veterans such as Kevin Garnett.
"I've still got a long way to go," Melo said, "but I'm patient."
And he said he's excited about having KG as a tutor: "I'm looking forward to learning from him," Melo said. "It's going to be a great thing."
0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.
7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.
11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far.
16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions.
HOUSTON - Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.
After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.
Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.