Fab Melo’s life is going to continue along a sweet and sour path. The 7-foot Brazilian is going to match the moments of progress with a step back, a dunk with a miss.
Melo was blocked twice at the rim by Detroit’s Viacheslav Kravtsov during the Celtics’ 93-63 blowout win over the Pistons in the Orlando summer league yesterday. He was also posterized by a massive Tony Mitchell tip-dunk.
But Melo also brought his teammates on the bench to their feet when he rocked the backboard with a late dunk.

“Fab is really liked by his teammates, and he’s a guy they really want to see succeed,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, perhaps Melo’s biggest supporter, said. “They see how hard he’s working every day.”
Melo’s biggest critic is gone. Former coach Doc Rivers eventually didn’t want to hear any question about Melo’s ability to actually contribute to the major league roster last season.
And Ainge isn’t making any promises now. Rookie first-round pick Kelly Olynyk is far more polished offensively. Even second-round selection Colton Iverson has a more active, hard-edged presence on the glass.