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Tacko Fall Interview

By InsideHoops.com
October 26, 2019
11:08 p.m. ET

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Tacko Fall InterviewSaturday night in Madison Square Garden, the visiting Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks, 118-95. Boston ran away with it in the second half. And in the closing minutes, 7-foot-6, 310-pound Celtics rookie Tacko Fall received his first career NBA minutes, and in 3:38 finished with four points and three rebounds.

InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner met with Fall after the game for a quick exclusive interview about making his NBA debut. Some fun quotes are below:

InsideHoops.com: What did it feel like, to play your first NBA regular season game minutes?

Tacko Fall: That was unbelievable. It felt like a dream. For a very long time I've thought about this moment, and finally came here and it finally happened, and I'm really thankful.

InsideHoops.com: It's rare and unique that it's an away arena, cheering. Not the home town. So it really means a lot of people wanted to see you.

Fall: It does, it does. I'm really thankful that so many people care about me, regardless of where I play, if they're rooting against the team I play with. I've seen that in a lot of places that I've been so far, and I'm really thankful. It's an unbelievable feeling.

InsideHoops.com: When you first entered the game, did you say to yourself, "let me try to score right away, and take advantage of this?"

Fall: No, I mean, it's all about being mentally ready. All throughout the game I really try to stay locked in, and stay ready for whenever my name was called. And credit to my teammates, they would [tell] me, "stay ready." Talk to me before the game, during the game. So it was a little bit easier for me to do that. So once my name was called it was just a matter of doing my job.

InsideHoops.com: On @InsideHoops I tweeted that you had four points and one rebound in one minute, which was true, it was like one minute and 15 seconds or something like that... but then as a fun friendly joke I tweeted that you're on pace to average 192 points per game this season.

Fall: [LAUGHING] 192 points!

InsideHoops.com: So my question is, did I exaggerate a little bit?

Fall: [Still Laughing] Yeah that's definitely exaggeration.

InsideHoops.com: Just a little bit?

Fall: That's a lot of exaggeration.

InsideHoops.com: Happy for you, man.