Kendrick Perkins got a glimpse of TackoMania Sunday night and is all-in on the Celtics keeping the rookie big man by any means necessary.
Just saw the highlights from my @Celtics preseason game and I know one thing. They better keep my boy @tackofall99 — aside from the fact that he’s good enough, he’ll be one of the most popular players in the league.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) October 7, 2019
Could lead the league in jersey sales! Crowd erupted for him!
Tacko Fall got eight minutes of playing time in Boston's preseason opener even though the crowd was demanding him to sub in as soon as the second quarter. Fall finished with five points, three rebounds and two blocks to go along with a few highlight plays as well.
If Perkins knows anything, it's a good big man. Fall may have a long way to go, but he at least has the endorsement of a fan favorite.
And Perkins has a very good point about Fall becoming one of the most popular players in the league. The TD Garden erupted when Brad Stevens inserted Fall into the lineup during the second half, and every time he touched the ball you could feel the anticipation from the crowd even if you weren't at the game.
Fall's path to a roster spot isn't clear-cut. The Celtics have 14 guaranteed contracts on the team already, both two-way contracts occupied by Tremont Waters and Max Strus, and Javonte Green seems like the likely choice for the last spot because of his contract and strong performance Sunday night.
If Boston wants to keep Fall, one course of action could be to waive Strus, sign Green to the 15th spot and give Fall the second two-way contract. This gives the Celtics a chance to let the big man develop in Maine while not risking another team poaching him after the preseason.
The situation will become clearer as the last three preseason games wrap up, so in the meantime, enjoy the spectacle.
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