Beyond the Arc: 1-on-1 with Fab Melo

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Beyond the Arc: 1-on-1 with Fab Melo

Fab Melo grew up playing soccer in his native Juiz de Fora, Brazil. When he transitioned to basketball as a teenager, he was naturally drawn to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. The attraction had nothing to do with the fact they are both big men. Like Melo, Olajuwon also played soccer and he admired his footwork.

This season, Melo will make another transition this time, to the NBA. The Celtics selected Melo out of Syracuse University with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft. With a little more than five years of basketball experience, Melo acknowledges he still has a lot to learn. He is also eager to do so from his veteran teammates.

The rookie center sat down with CSNNE.com at the Las Vegas Summer League to go Beyond the Arc, talking about his move to the United States, the keys to learning the Celtics defensive system, meeting Kevin Garnett for the first time, and missing his favorite meal of rice, beans, and fried eggs.

Click here to watch the video interview with Melo.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Should Paul George or Gordon Hayward be Celtics' priority?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Should Paul George or Gordon Hayward be Celtics' priority?

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0:41 - Should Paul George be the priority over Gordon Hayward? Is trading for one year of George better than signing Gordon Hayward long-term? Curran, Holley, Giles, Smith discuss.

4:45 - Could a Tom Brady extension be in the works? Phil Perry joins BST to discuss Dan Graziano’s article about QB contracts in the NFL. 

9:13 - Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni join from Fenway Park to talk about the message John Farrell sent to Hanley, how the bullpen was used after Chris Sale was taken out, and the rumor that the Red Sox are interested in Sonny Gray. 

15:09 - Tom Giles and Tom Curran discuss how the Suns GM Ryan McDonough might have “tampered” with Josh Jackson to prevent him from going to the Celtics.