The day was Dec. 20, 2019. The Boston Celtics are hosting the Detroit Pistons and were up pretty convincingly 103-78 late in the fourth quarter.
At this point in the game, the fans in the TD Garden sensed it was time for then head coach Brad Stevens to allow Tacko Fall, the undrafted rookie sensation, to make his NBA debut and strongly urged Stevens to put Tacko in the game.
In doing so, Stevens fed into the crowd and pumped up the Celtics faithful to get louder and louder as the TD Garden was filled with excitement by an uncharacteristically excited Stevens, who rarely shows emotion on the sidelines like he did in that moment.
Stevens allowed the Garden to fill with Tacko chants before the head coach signaled over to the bench for the rookie to make his home debut.
Tacko embraced the moment and shared a high-five with his head coach before being subbed in.
I have to say, this was by far one of the coolest atmospheric moments to be part of until two years later when Kevin Garnett’s number was retired.
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