WALTHAM -- The Boston Celtics knew Fab Melo was a work in progress when they drafted the seven-foot center this summer.
On Saturday night, he offered a glimpse into his potential by setting an NBA Development League record with 14 blocked shots in the Maine Red Claws' loss to the Erie BayHawks as part of a 15-point, 16-rebound triple-double.
Even though the Celtics are looking for size in the middle -- Jason Collins is their only true center and Chris Wilcox could miss three-to-four weeks with a thumb injury -- don't expect the C's to call up Melo to fill the gap.
"I can tell you I've talked to Fab as, 'How are you doing?' " Doc Rivers said following practice on Sunday. "I haven't talked to anyone that thinks he's ready to come up yet."
Melo is averaging 8.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks in nine games for the Red Claws this season. Former Syracuse University and current Celtics teammate Kris Joseph was glad to see Melo's breakout performance.
"We were all happy because Fab, we didn't feel like he had been doing as much as he possibly could in the first couple games," said Joseph, who had been assigned to the Red Claws for Saturday's game. "He was still getting his feet wet and he wasn't comfortable yet. He's been getting better each game. I think this was obviously by far his best game of the season."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.
*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.
*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.
*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.
*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.
*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres
*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.
The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.
Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination.
On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen.
"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'