Celtics' Melo fine with Boston to Portland commute


Celtics' Melo fine with Boston to Portland commute

BOSTON -- Fab Melo is collecting his frequent traveler miles.

The Boston Celtics rookie scored his first NBA basket against the Los Angeles Lakers late Thursday night. The following morning he hopped in his car before the blizzard hit Massachusetts and drove up to Portland, where he had been re-assigned to the NBA Development's Maine Red Claws.

That night, he started at center and posted six points and five rebounds in 23 minutes during the Red Claws loss to the Bakersfield Jam. Melo spent Saturday in Maine and was called back to the Celtics the next day. He returned to Boston Sunday morning in time for the their 6pm game against the Denver Nuggets.

"It's not bad, an hour and a half," Melo said of the commute, which measures just over 100 miles each way. "It's a great thing for me just to go there and play and develop my game."

Melo has appeared in 20 D-League games, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks in 27.4 minutes. He has played two games for the Celtics, totaling 2 points, 1 block, 1 steal, and 2 fouls.

The center expects to stay with the Celtics through the All-Star Break this week. Plans after that are still to be determined.

"It's a good thing for me," said Melo. "I'm playing and coming to be here with the guys. I can handle (going back and forth)."