Tacko time in Chicago
The Tacko Fall hysteria made its way to NBA All-Star Weekend after all.
While being voted sixth among Eastern Conference frontcourt players by fans, the two-way Boston Celtics big man has become for of the more popular players not only in Boston, but throughout the NBA.
The 7-foot-6 big man hasn’t played many minutes on the court in the NBA, but the fact that he continues to be the center of attention no matter where he shows up is testament more to his character. His size, however, does have much to do with it as he is a player you just can’t miss.
He is also a player who is hard to jump over, unless your name is Orlando Magic young star Aaron Gordon.
As an NBA All-Star slam dunk contest gimmick, the very tall Tacko Fall was used as a target for Gordon to leap over for a dunk. While he was successful, Fall wasn’t his first choice until the fans brought attention to him.
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"“I wanted to jump over Shaq. He didn’t want to do it,” Gordon said following the event, as transcribed by the Boston Herald. “It was really for the people. Everybody was like ‘Tacko! Tacko!’ I was like, cool, man, let’s do it. The tallest dude in the gym. Jumping over somebody that’s 7-5 (in bare feet).”"
While it was cool to be involved in NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, Tacko Fall did admit he was scared to be actually voted into the game itself. Fall said that he wanted to be involved through his hard work on the court and not simply voted in by fans.
That wouldn’t be fear to other players who are actually performing at an All-Star level, like teammate Jaylen Brown.