“It’s not a concern at all. I did what I had to do on the basketball court, my responsibilities, stuff like that. I did. I struggled with the school. And I don’t have to go to class now, so that’s something coach or the coaching staff won’t have to worry about.” -Fab Melo during his press conference introducing him to the Boston Celtics
Fab Melo continually answered reporters questions regarding his eligibility after being introduced to the Boston Celtics along with Kris Joseph Monday morning. Melo said that he is a coachable player who will absolutely be able to learn anything that he is told to do. Melo also mentioned the first interactions he had with Celtics center Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers.
Melo said he received calls from both Kevin Garnett and Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He said Garnett was excited to teach him, and that Rivers told him his first practice would be hell. Melo and his former Syracuse teammate, Joseph, will need to adjust to playing man-to-man defense after playing a 2-3 zone in college.
Kris Joseph also answered some questions, but had to respond to things far more relevant to basketball versus off the court issues. When asked about playing man to man, Joseph made light of the situation.
“I’ve definitely played man in my lifetime,” said Joseph. “I know the basics.”
Kris has landed in a great situation going to the Celtics. With rumors of the Pistons drafting him in the days leading up to the draft, I think that this is an even better scenario for a very athletic wing player who hasn’t been fully healthy in a few seasons. As a hard worker with a great attitude, Joseph said he isn’t going to let the number in which he was drafted hold him back, and will in fact motivate him to succeed.
“Where I landed in the draft is where I landed,” said Joseph. “Nothing I can do about it now besides get better.”
While I think that the whole “adjustment” from 2-3 zone to man to man is a little overrated, I do agree that their first practice will in fact be hell because of the intensity brought to the team by Garnett and the winning attitude in the Boston Celtics locker room. The Celtics are a great team for an NBA rookie to learn from, and should tremendously help the two ‘Cuse rookies moving forward.