Fall strikes right note

Celtics big man serves as a guest con­duc­tor for the Bos­ton Pops

Orlando Sentinel - - WEATHER - By Iliana Limón Romero il­[email protected] or­lan­dosen­tinel.com

For­mer UCF star Tacko Fall con­tin­ues a whirl­wind rookie NBA sea­son filled with unique and joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ences.

Fall, whom the Celtics of­fi­cially mea­sured at 7-foot-5, de­lighted the Bos­ton com­mu­nity and count­less oth­ers on so­cial me­dia Mon­day night by tak­ing the stage at Sym­phony Hall to serve as a guest con­duc­tor for the Bos­ton Pops’ hol­i­day con­cert se­ries.

He wore a cus­tom-size 48 dou­ble ex­tra long tuxedo and took over the con­duc­tor ba­ton af­ter a short les­son.

Fall seemed to en­joy ev­ery bit of his time on stage, do­ing a full spin that de­lighted the au­di­ence while con­duct­ing “Sleigh Ride.”

“This town has been buzzing about this gen­tle­man — not just be­cause of his im­pres­sive stature but also be­cause of the size of his heart and per­son­al­ity,” Bos­ton Pops con­duc­tor Keith Lock­hart told the Bos­ton Globe. “He’s made a big im­pres­sion in a short pe­riod of time.”

Fall is a two-way player, split­ting his time with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League and the Celtics. The Bos­ton com­mu­nity has caught Tacko fever, putting pres­sure on Celtics coach Brad Stevens to play the good-na­tured cen­ter.

Af­ter the cen­ter re­cov­ered from a re­cent in­jury, Stevens told his fam­ily Fall was healthy. The coach told re­porters his 10-year-old daugh­ter Kins­ley replied, “It’s time to give the peo­ple what they want.”

Stevens played Fall on Fri­day night to the de­light of the Bos­ton crowd, scor­ing five points in five min­utes against the Detroit Pis­tons.

Fall has mixed his on­court ac­tion with a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity events.

Con­duct­ing an elite sym­phony was an­other unique mile­stone.

“I think about it ev­ery night,” Fall told the Globe. “I talk to my mom pretty much ev­ery day. Some of the con­ver­sa­tions we have are like — ev­ery­thing has changed. Ev­ery­thing that has been go­ing on has been crazy, but, at the same time, I al­ways try to sit back, re­flect and al­ways have a sense of thank­ful­ness.”

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