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Now With The Boston Celtics, Tacko Fall Talks About Competing Against Duke’s Zion Williamson

Tacko Fall is not immensely skilled but he certainly is immense.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Columbia
COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 24: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils attempts a shot over Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Photos via Getty Images Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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In last spring’s NCAA Tournament, Tacko Fall nearly proved too big of an obstacle for Duke as Johnny Dawkins’ Central Florida team took Duke literally to the last second of the game before falling.

Fall, who is 7-6 and pretty powerful, was one of the very few people, maybe the only one who was able to contain Duke’s Zion Williamson.

Naturally this has followed him into his professional career and someone from Clutchpoints asked the new Celtic about it:

“Zion is a heck of a player. He’s probably one of the most athletic people I’ve ever played against. I don’t know how his game is going to translate from college to pros. It’s definitely different, we have better athletes and things like that. But he’s a heck of a talent, so I leave that to coach and them to do the planning, and I’ll execute whatever they ask me to do.”

Things are going to be very different in the NBA. For one, Fall’s size is likely to work against to him an extent. He’s a nightmare inside but he’s not particularly swift and the speed of the game would make him a bystander for parts of it.

In limited situations he could be a real pain though. For instance, while he’s really not ready for this role, imagine if he had been the 12th man on Team USA. No one would gum up the works like that guy.

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