KEY POINTS

  • Tacko Fall played 10 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs, his longest playing time so far
  • Fall got more votes than his teammate Gordon Hayward
  • Coach Brad Stevens said he don’t see Tacko being the starting center in the East

While some people are finding ways, and getting success so far, of bringing their favorite big man Tacko Fall on to the NBA All-Star in Chicago, his coach isn’t one of them.

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens shared with Zolak and Bertrand of The Sports Hub that with his 7-foot-5 rookie is among the leaders in the Eastern Conference frontcourt, the sight is something that needs to be addressed.

“Well, the reason I said I don’t like it. It’s because there’s a lot of guys that have played however many, and those guys have all busted it to have great years,” said the youthful Celtics’ mentor, who also emphasized that it also goes to the players from other teams who’ve had longer exposure compared to his rookie center.

The 24-year old Fall only played four games in his rookie year, with the last game against the Spurs being his most minutes played with 10, finishing with four points, three rebounds, and a steal in a 129-114 loss at home.

“I think if we’re gonna have an All-Star game, you try to pick the guys that impact winning for the very best,” reiterated Stevens. “I realize it’s a mix of a popularity contest and what you’ve accomplished, and how you’ve played thus far,” added the former Butler University coach, saying that the idea he just brought up may not be possible.

The NBA just recently published the second wave of the All-Star voting and the undrafted rookie out of the University of Central Florida is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference’s big men – ahead of seasoned NBA bigs Andre Drummond, rising stars Bam Adebayo and Domantas Sabonis, and Celtics teammate Gordon Hayward.

I don’t think Tacko, as much as I love him and as much as I enjoy having him around, should be the starting center for the East,” said the 43-year old Stevens. “The message that I would have for our guys –  it’s not important if you’re named an All-Star, it’s important that you’re playing like one.

Brad Stevens Brad Stevens will look to guide the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals next year. In this picture, Stevens of the Celtics looks on in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, May 21, 2018. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images