When Fab Melo was initially mentioned in trade talks with the Washington Wizards, one thought came to mind: Who would get the Dove soap? With Jared Sullinger out for the season (back), Melo is the lone rookie on the Boston Celtics roster, leaving him solely tasked with the rookie responsibilities. This explains why his locker resembles a display at a drugstore or Target, stocked with large bottles of Dove body wash, cans of Red Bull, and Five Hour Energy drinks. It is his job to make sure his teammates have their items of choice on game day. "I'm the rookie responsible because Jared's not here," Melo told CSNNE.com. "It's tough. I have to do everything by myself (laughs)." There is a process, too. As Melo explained, players submit their requests to Avery Bradley, who, prior to the trade deadline, had the second-fewest years of experience on the team. Bradley then relays the list to Melo, who stops at CVS before heading to the TD Garden. "I would say the pickiest is Avery because he's responsible for the rookies," said Melo. "He's the one always asking us, making sure that we get the right stuff. The veterans request [items] to him to tell us." Melo has an appreciation for how Sullinger managed the tasks on his own when Melo was playing in the NBA Development League. "He was telling me he was doing everything by himself," Melo said. "Now I understand."
Celtics' Melo busy with rookie responsibilities
NBC Sports Boston | Feb 27