Why didn’t Magic sign Tacko Fall?

Bianchi: Cult fig­ure and fan fa­vorite out of UCF right in back­yard.

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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?

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