Leave it to the Boston Celtics' tallest player to snag the biggest number possible.
Rookie big man Tacko Fall revealed at a "home court makeover" community event Thursday he plans to wear No. 99 with the Celtics, according MassLive.com's John Karalis.
Fall would become just the fourth player in Celtics history to wear No. 99. Jae Crowder was the last Celtic to rock the unique number before he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the Isaiah Thomas-Kyrie Irving blockbuster exactly two years ago Thursday.
Fall wore No. 55 during NBA Summer League action and No. 24 at UCF, but his Twitter handle is @tackofall99.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether Fall will make the Celtics' active roster. The 7-foot-7 big man has secured an invite to Boston's training camp but will have to battle for a spot on the 15-man roster, as the C's already have signed two players to two-way contracts and have more than 15 players under at least partially-guaranteed contracts.
Kemba Walker (28 points) and Gordon Hayward (19 points) carried the load offensively in what ended up being one of the lowest-scoring games for the Celtics in their past few simulations, which just goes to show how on fire they've been. They shined on the defensive end, tallying eight total steals and eight blocks.
With the game pretty much in hand, the C's second unit played for the entire fourth quarter. Rookie Romeo Langford was solid in his 12 minutes, contributing nine points, a steal, and an assist.
This was a disastrous offensive performance by the Pacers as they were unable to get any semblance of momentum throughout the contest. Malcolm Brogdon struggled from the field but was able to get nine of his 17 points from the free-throw line. Domontas Sabonis was the only real bright spot as he shot 7-for-10 from the field for 16 points while bringing down nine rebounds.
All you need to do is look at the field goal percentages and 3-point percentages (ZERO for Indiana!) to figure out what happened here. Boston dominated in pretty much every other major category too, despite possessing the ball for nine minutes less than the Pacers.
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 101, Pacers 77
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With no Boston Celtics basketball on the docket for a while due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's no better time to reminisce on some of the greatest moves in the team's history.
NBC Sports Boston's longtime Celtics play-by-play voice Mike Gorman joined the latest Celtics Talk Podcast to discuss the best trades the organization has made. Of course, the ones for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that formed the "Big Three" immediately come to mind. But to Gorman, the best deal in franchise history is a no-brainer.
Gorman's No. 1 Celtics trade ever is the one that brought the great Bill Russell to Boston.
When Red [Auerbach] got Russell -- I mean, when you pull off a trade where you get three Hall of Famers in the first round of the draft, 'cause K.C. Jones was on the tail end of that and nobody talks about him. Tommy [Heinsohn] was the rookie of the year. And you get Bill Russell, who goes on to win 11 championships and is MVP five times.
That's got to be the best trade ever for Ed Macauley who was a good player but certainly not a great player. And Cliff Hagan who was a good player but not a great player. Neither one of those guys was going to do anything anywhere near what Bill Russell did to the Celtics. I think the Russell trade has to be the best trade maybe in the history of sports.
The runner-up? That would be the deal 40 years ago that landed Hall of Famers Robert Parish and Kevin McHale.
Again, it was a situation where Red traded and ended up with two Hall of Famers and gave up Joe Barry Carroll whose whole career was a massive disappointment. You would have thought that no one would deal with Red again [after the Russell trade] ... But yeah, to get Kevin McHale and Robert Parish in a draft, and both of them end up going to the Hall of Fame, and you gave up a guy again who had a marginal career ...
Gorman also discussed what he's been up to in quarantine, as well as what the Celtics' ceiling is if/when the season resumes.