BOSTON — Fab Melo is back with the Celtics, but it was not his string of dominant performances with their D-League affiliate that earned him a trip back here. Rather, it was a blow to the head and league rules for NBA teams and their relationships with their NBADL affiliates.
The Celtics recalled Melo on Wednesday after 12 games with the Maine Red Claws, reuniting the rookie center with his former Syracuse teammate and fellow first-year player Kris Joseph on the Celtics bench. In all likelihood, the bench is where Melo will remain, as he receives treatment for a concussion suffered in his last game with the Red Claws.
Dressed in street clothes and seated in front of his locker before the Celtics’ game against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Melo laughed when asked why he was not wearing dark sunglasses, which Mickael Pietrus donned indoors after his scary concussion last season. Melo said he was feeling fine and would forego shades, even though bright light gives him a headache.