Tacko Tall: Celtics rookie reveals he concussed himself on the ceiling

Tacko Fall is tall. So tall in fact he doesn’t fit in buildings. Even those specifically designed for basketball players.

The Boston Celtics 7-foot-6 rookie did not play in the team’s season opening loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday after entering concussion protocol on Monday. Head coach Brad Stevens said little about the injury other than “it was kind of a freak thing,” per WEEI in Boston.

Prior to the game in Philadelphia, Fall explained it was all due to a “low ceiling.” Which is highly subjective.

Fall told MassLive he was washing his hands after a workout at the Auerbach Center practice facility on Friday when he didn’t notice the ceiling height and hit his head. He didn’t think much of it at first and continued with the team’s swim lesson event at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club. He then went back to the facility for another workout, still without any ill effects.

He woke up the next morning, per MassLive, and didn’t feel well. Stevens told the media on Monday the center was a “little under the weather” and was being cautious. He would not have been active for the opener, anyway, he said.

The 70,000-square-foot facility opened in June 2018 and features two full-sized parquet floors, a sports science lab, medical room, exercise pools and expanded locker rooms. The hydrotherapy room has three different water depth elevations at 4, 5 and 7 feet for various heights and the furniture was designed to accommodate taller NBA players.

Yet Fall is not simply a tall NBA player. He is the tallest.

Fall holds the title for the season and is one of only 15 who are at least 7 feet. Eleven of those players are 7-foot-1 and the second-tallest, Dallas Mavericks duo Boban Marjanovic and Kristaps Porzingis, are each listed at 7-foot-3.

Imagine being so tall that a ceiling in a basketball practice facility poses a threat. The world must be an obstacle course for Tacko Fall.

Related: Look back at Fall's college career: 

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights reacts against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - MARCH 22: Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights dunks the ball against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: Tacko Fall #24 of the UCF Knights is fouled by Mike'L Simms #1 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Central Florida's Tacko Fall pulls down the rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Temple, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. Temple won 67-62. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) is fouled by VCU guard Mike'L Simms, right, during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. Central Florida won 73-58. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) dunks over, from left to right, Houston forward Brison Gresham (55), forward Breaon Brady and guard Armoni Brooks (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall, second from right, stands above his teammates during the playing of the national anthem before an NCAA basketball game against Connecticut Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) defendsa as Houston guard Corey Davis Jr. (5) passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Fall, at 7-foot-6 the tallest player in the game, at last gets to appear on the game's biggest stage when UCF opens the NCAA Tournament on the college basketball's biggest stage. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)
Central Florida center Tacko Fall (24) walks back to the bench for a break during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Connecticut Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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