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Tacko Fall starting to feel at home in Boston

Nick Friar
August 22, 2019 - 3:59 pm
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It may take more than a few hours to fly from Boston to Senegal, but Tacko Fall is getting the same “at home” feeling he has when he goes back to Africa as he tours around New England. The undrafted Celtics rookie recently took a trip to New Hampshire to visit Canobie Lake Park and stopped in Franklin, Massachusetts on Thursday to help the Celtics and Arbella host another Home Court Makeover.

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At the start of Thursday’s event, Fall explained what it was like for him growing up in Senegal. Being in a small town, he was able to visit anyone’s home at any time for any reason. Now, he’s not visiting the homes of random people in Massachusetts — though, during the Home Court Makeover event, Fall did sign a wall in the house of the family hosting — but he’s getting a similar vibe wherever he goes in New England.

“Anywhere I’ve been since I came to Boston, since I came to Massachusetts, I feel really welcomed,” Fall said. “It reminds me a little bit of home. … Just feeling that love means a great deal to me.”

Fall expressed he’s always wanted to give back to whatever community he represents on the court. So if he was in Phoenix or Portland or anywhere else, he’d still take part in these community events. But, the way the region has embraced Fall gives him further motivation to do more.

“(These events) mean the world to me,” he said. “I feel like I’m having a lot more fun than the kids are, actually. Having the opportunity to give back is such a blessing. Not a lot of people have the opportunity, especially coming from where I came from. ... Boston has been great to me so far. So, I feel like I have to do this kind of stuff and give back to the community.”