Tacko Fall, the tallest active NBA player, hasn’t seen much playing time with the Boston Celtics. He spent most of his time as a pro basketball player with the Main Red Wings, the Celtics’ G-League affiliate. The 24-year-old hasn’t quite found his role at the highest level. But fans love him anyway.
It’s not just Fall’s enormous, lanky frame. It’s his personality: all smiles, generous with the press, happy to share his love of living in the U.S. The Senegal native has a unique perspective on life. He focuses on little joys that his American fans take for granted, like Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches.
Tacko Fall’s diet once revolved around Chick-fil-A
As Fall’s college ball profile rose, he became a subject of sports media curiosity. Who was this massive, cheery man, and what is he like? It turned out, a great place to find him was at the closest Chick-fil-A to wherever he was playing.
TMZ noted this, catching Fall with a suspiciously heavy looking bag of Chick-fil-A. “How many sandwiches do you eat?” one of the gossip site’s reporters asked. Fall said he normally eats two, but when he’s really hungry he can put away “at least three.” That seems like an understatement, given how many calories he used to put away before the NBA required a change.
Can Fall support his massive frame with his current diet?
As Fall himself narrates in the video above, it takes a lot of calories to be a competitive NBA player with so much body requiring fuel from food. During his college days, he regularly put away up to 7,000 calories a day. He explained to GQ that this wasn’t sustainable — but he still eats much more than most people.
“The recommendation is 6,000 [calories], which is obviously still a lot of food,” Fall revealed. “I grab some turkey sausage or turkey bacon. A lot of fruits — grapes and bananas especially.”
As a noted fan of seafood, Boston is a great place for the lanky center to land. He gets to make frequent trips to New York City, where a vibrant Senegalese scene lets him indulge in the delicious fish and rice-based classics he grew up loving. But he hasn’t been able to indulge in Chick-fil-A as often as he likes.
“I do love Chick-fil-A. I can’t remember the last time I had it, and I’ve been trying to eat a lot healthier than I used to,” Fall told GQ. “I’m avoiding fried food and things like that. But I’m not going to lie, I might have my cheat day soon and grab some. It’s been too long.” Hopefully, since his chat, he’s indulged in a few of his favorite chicken sandwiches.
Fall’s NBA performance so far
Fall is a relatively slow-moving center, with a body type often noted for easy injuries. With his diet and conditioning routine under control, hopefully, he’ll avoid major injuries. Still, the tentative way the Celtics organization has treated him means he hasn’t quite had his breakout moment yet.
Fall made an immediate impression in the NBA Summer League despite few minutes played. In one game he played for 11 minutes, he went 5-for-5, followed by two easy free throws. Rookie Wire reports that he nearly put up 20 rebounds in a single G-League game, if not for a couple being taken off his record by officials after the fact.
Celtics Wire reports that Fall is shaping up to be a key rim protector during his short NBA appearances. Whenever he was visible on the sidelines before the restart, fans regularly chanted “we want Tacko!” If the Senegalese center can keep healthy and continue to progress as a defender, Celtics supporters should get much more of what they’re asking for.