Tacko Fall is in concussion protocol. The 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics big man reportedly injured himself after he suffered a hit to the head. But the story doesn’t stop there. The reason for Fall’s head injury was that he smacked his head off of the ceiling.
“Tacko got hit in the head yesterday after individual work,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told the media, via MassLive.com. “He was a little under the weather. It sounds like being very cautious about that.
“Very close (to a return) from what I’ve been told. But he wasn’t going to be active anyway.”
From the report:
Before the Boston Celtics shoot around at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Fall explained to MassLive that he was trying to wash his hands after a workout at the practice facility but didn’t notice a “low ceiling.” Fall hit his head, but initially thought nothing of it. He later participated in the Celtics swim lesson event at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club with no noticeable effects. He says he even went back to the Auerbach Center afterwards to get more work in.
While it is an unfortunate incident, the good news for Celtics fans is that Fall is expected to return sooner rather than later.
Fall was ultimately forced to enter the NBA concussion protocol, but he was seen around the team and on the practice floor in the days since. He traveled with the team to Philadelphia and was participating in the team’s morning shoot around. He told MassLive he expects to be cleared “real soon,” which Brad Stevens confirmed.
Fall, who was born in Dakar, Senegal, moved to the United States at age 16 and initially had no interest in basketball. However, he eventually trained with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and became a star. Fall went on to star at UCF before being picked up by the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent.