Fall strikes right note
Celtics big man serves as a guest conductor for the Boston Pops
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.”