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Celtics’ Fab Melo walks into doorway, gets concussion

Jan 3, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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Finally, Fab Melo got a call up to the Boston Celtics. The rookie center out of Syracuse has been with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League working on his game (despite the Celtics need for a big man).

All he had to do to get called back up was walk into a hotel doorway and get a concussion.

Seriously. He did and the Celtics called him up to get the proper treatment, reports Jessica Camerato of

Celtics rookie Fab Melo suffered a concussion last weekend after bumping his head on the doorway in his Sioux Falls hotel room while the Maine Red Claws (Melo’s NBA Development League assignment) were in South Dakota for back-to-back games against the Skyforce….

“I still have a little headache,” Melo said. “Sometimes I can’t really focus on something for a long time, that’s it.”

To be fair, Melo is seven feet tall so he does have to duck under doorways… but still. Doc Rivers was having fun with it.

“I think, what did you have? Manny being Manny?” he said, referencing former Boston Red Sox Manny Ramirez. “Five years when Fab’s playing terrific for us here, we’re going to have some Fab being Fab moments. He just took kind of a head start. … Literally.”

Melo’s game needs work — enough so that despite the need for a big man the Celtics have left him in the D-League. He’s a project that is years in the making and the Celtics are a win-now team. They are going the right thing bringing him along slowly… and making sure he’s in a place with taller door frames.

  1. gatordontplay - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    if that doesn’t make you think of space jam scene with barkley bradley and Johnson

  2. manchestermiracle - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    How long since this guy grew over six feet? Last week? Now you know why tall NBA players like cribs with 8-foot doorways….

  3. hehateme2 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Doh- only the celticks

  4. basketballhooper1 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Hahaha “Fab moments”, well I’m looking forward to having him play for the celtics in the coming years

    • protectthishouse54 - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on. A little over a week ago he posted a triple double with 14 blocks. Followed that up with a 32 (pts), 9 (reb) and 9 (blks) effort. If he can continue that development, he’ll be a useful player before long.

  5. abchome - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Urban Legend!!!

  6. andyhr17 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    This just sums up how the season has been going for the Celtics so far.

  7. dko83 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Haha, Doc is the best.

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