In this edition of Beyond the Arc, CSNNE.com's Jessica Camerato talks to Celtics first round draft pick Fab Melo, who discusses his transition to the NBA.
Melo, now a 7-foot center, was a soccer player growing up in Brazil. He said the transition from soccer to basketball was difficult at first.
"The first thing I did with the basketball was try to kick it," he said.
A bigger transition was coming from Brazil and living in the United States.
"I didn't speak English at all," Melo said. "It was tough, but a good experience."
Melo said he knows his game is still a work in progress and he's excited about getting tips from Celtics veterans such as Kevin Garnett.
"I've still got a long way to go," Melo said, "but I'm patient."
And he said he's excited about having KG as a tutor: "I'm looking forward to learning from him," Melo said. "It's going to be a great thing."
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.