Celtics’ Tacko Fall concussed after banging head washing hands

The tallest players in the NBA may be able to reach for the sky, but Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall found out the painful way that even without a ball in his hands he can’t beat a low ceiling.

The 7-foot-5 center was placed in concussion protocol after banging his head while washing his hands after a workout at the Celtics practice facility last Friday, according to a MassLive.com report on Thursday.

The 23-year-old from Senegal missed Boston’s season-opening 107-93 defeat by the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday as he had entered the league’s concussion protocol two days earlier after experiencing delayed symptoms.

Right after Fall hit his head, he didn’t’ think anything of it, according to the report. He later participated in the Celtics swim lesson event at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club with no noticeable effects. Fall said he even went back to the Auerbach Center afterward to get more work in.

Nevertheless, the next morning he woke up and wasn’t feeling well.

“Tacko got hit in the head after individual work. He was a little under the weather. It sounds like being very cautious about that,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said on the eve of the match.

Stevens added on Wednesday that Fall, who had signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in July, was expected to make a recovery “real soon”.

NBA protocol requires a player to be without any concussion symptoms at rest. A doctor will then evaluate the player and put him through a “return-to-participation” exertion protocol before a team doctor and NBA’s concussion program director clear him.

Fall was the headliner at the draft combine this year with the biggest wingspan (8-feet, 2.25 inches), standing reach (10-feet, 2.5 inches) and height with shoes (7-7) since the NBA began recording statistics in the 2000-01 season.

He is joint fifth in the list of tallest NBA players ever, behind only Gheorghe Muresan and Manute Bol (both 7-7) and Shawn Bradley and Yao Ming (both 7-6).

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