I was at the bar two weekends ago, watching Tom Brady and the Patriots stomp the
San Diego Los Angeles Chargers. The bar was packed and almost every TV was set to the game, but there was one TV in the corner tuned into a clash of two basketball titans: the University of Central Florida Knights, who I might call the Tacko Falls moving forward, and Eastern Carolina Pirates.
I wasn’t paying much attention to the basketball game because watching Brady carve up a soft zone defense is one of my favorite things to do. But when the Patriots scored their third or fourth touchdown in the first half (it was hard to keep track), I decided to check on the basketball game. What I saw took my breath away. Just like when I saw Shaquem Griffin in a Knights uniform.
The Giant Knight
Lumbering down the court in about four steps was Tacko Fall. The 7’6″, 310 pound 23-year-old from Senegal made the other athletes look like children. Seriously, it was like I was tuning into a game between a dad, his son and his son’s friends. He has a wingspan of 8’4″ and is one of the tallest forty human beings on Earth. The guy is an absolute MONSTER.
Did you see that? Tacko didn’t even really try to jump for the ball! Granted that is probably because the guy on Memphis didn’t even attempt to jump. How do I know that? Because the 6’8″ starting forward for Memphis, Jimario Rivers, admitted as much after this game saying, “I really didn’t even see the point in jumping”. Game, set, match, Tacko.
Tacko Fall’s Faults
But before you anoint him the next Manute Bol, know that Tacko will be a second round pick in the NBA draft at best. Why? Well, despite his size he is rarely the best rebounder on the court. Shocking, I know.
In that East Carolina game the top rebounder was 6’6″ Jayden Gardner with 20. But even more shocking was that Tacko was out rebounded by members of his own team: 6’11” Collin Smith (I’ll allow it) and 6’3″ Terrell Allen (for shame Tacko). For his career, Tacko averages about 7.5 rebounds per game, which he’ll need to bump up to make an impact in the NBA since he only averages 10.5 points-per-game.
And with that, I leave you with one final Tacko fact: he was involved in one of the best Vines of all time.
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