Why didn’t Magic sign Tacko Fall?
Bianchi: Cult figure and fan favorite out of UCF right in backyard.
After seeing what a cult figure and fan favorite 7-foot-5 former UCF center Tacko Fall has become as a rookie with the Boston Celtics, let me just reiterate what I’ve been asking since the day he became NBA-eligible: WHY OH WHY WOULDN’T THE ORLANDO MAGIC SIGN HIM?
You’ve got the tallest basketball player/goodwill ambassador in the world right in your back yard and you DON’T sign him?
Tacko, even though he’s played only 11 minutes this season and has been with the Celtics’ G League team for most of his rookie campaign, ranked sixth in votes among Eastern Conference frontcourt players Thursday when the first returns of fan voting for the 2020 All-Star Game were released.
I’m not saying the Magic should have drafted Tacko; I’m just saying they should have signed him as an undrafted free agent ( just like the Celtics did) and put him on their G-League team in Lakeland, where he could develop as a player and sell tickets as a fan favorite.
Sometimes those who run professional sports franchises forget that they are in the entertainment business and their main job is to provide fun for fans. And Tacko Fall is fun … and nice … and smart … and beloved … and a great kid with a great story.
Seriously, in the grand scheme of things does it really matter who the 13th player on the end of an NBA bench is or who the developmental players are on your G-League roster — most of whom will never make it in the league anyway?
If it’s not really costing you anything, why not throw the fans an occasional bone?
Does everything have to be about advanced analytics and roster makeup?
How about just being fun and interesting every once in a while?