CM – Exclusive: Young Celtic reacts to the Boston All-Star Duo, team leadership


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Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Tacko Fall of the Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics Center Tacko Fall rounds off its second season in the NBA and focuses on what’s most important. drown out the outside noise and keep getting better at any cost.

The Celtics as a team didn’t have much time for the latter, however, and with only nine games left in the regular season, many doubt Boston has allocated enough to hold one Finding adequate rhythm.

Injuries and complications due to the COVID-19 virus and the NBA’s health and safety protocols have incapacitated almost every member of coach Brad Stevens’ list at some point in the 2020-21 period – which has led to problems with team chemistry and often to a disruption in dynamics.

Even so, Tacko doesn’t believe that time is not on Boston’s side. While the second center understands the hurdles the Celtics have overcome this season, setting a precedent, it has not compromised its firm belief that the team’s best times are ahead of us this year.

« As with every season, there will be really ups and downs and we’ve definitely seen a lot of them, » Fall said in an interview with « But you have to think we also had injuries. Lots of people have been on the road for a while and many of us had COVID. I had COVID last year. Unfortunately, many of my teammates were hit by it. Either that or they had close contact. During the So we missed people throughout the season. We had to fight our way through. « 

All in all, the story of the Celtics of 2021 was a continuing mishap. Harsh criticism plays the tune of a turbulent fan base in the city of champions, but Fall recalls it People quick to know that the Celtics didn’t fight.

Stevens, who has made it his mission to keep his team afloat in the troubled waters of the Eastern Conference, is approaching the most challenging season of his tenure in Boston.

« Coach has had to adjust to a lot of different lineups and things like that, » added Fall. « It’s not going to be easy with any of this, but whatever I always say about us is: we are warriors. We fought our way through. Regardless of the result, I know that all the guys go out and compete against each other and no one wants to win more than us. We have a special group, a very talented group. “

The way Tacko sees it, they are far from finished. He also highlighted who he thinks are the great leaders of the Celtics.

“We have our best players. Jaylen (Brown) and Jayson (Tatum), Kemba (Walker), we have (Marcus) Smart, even Tristan (Thompson); Everyone rose at different times this season, ”said Fall. « They are all great leaders. Tristan, for example, won an NBA championship. So he knows what it takes, and JT, Jaylen, Kemba and Smart all have a lot of experience. »

The Celtics have been in the last Played multiple Eastern Conference finals for four years and have an exceptional experience shared between Brown, Tatum and Walker, who made their first deep playoff run in 2020.

« The thing about our team is that everyone Can do something, « said Fall. » We don’t have the kind of problem that nobody can really show up and say anything about. Anyone can step up and be a leader, and that’s the kind of culture we have. All of these people I just mentioned did a pretty good job, especially Jaylen and JT; I mean to be so young.

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