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Fab Melo to Celtics: Can Doc Rivers Reform Melo's Unpredictable Attitude?

Fab Melo will either play hard, or he won't play, once he's in Boston.
Fab Melo will either play hard, or he won't play, once he's in Boston.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Ben ShapiroAnalyst IIIJune 28, 2012

The Boston Celtics started Thursday night with two first-round picks in the 2012 NBA Draft. 

The first pick, at No. 21 went to injury-prone Jared Sullinger

Sensing too much security in selecting a player who had been slapped with a ginormous medical red flag earlier this week, Celtics' President Danny Ainge doubled-down and selected Syracuse center Fab Melo at No. 22.

The same Fab Melo who Chad Ford of ESPN.com had this to say. "He's going to be a big-time project for whoever takes him, and there will always be concerns about his dedication and motivation."

This is who Danny Ainge selected ?

Fab Melo does have some very good qualities, but aren't the Celtics supposed to be gearing up for a run back into the playoffs with the NBA Finals as the eventual goal?

If that's the case, then there's only one rational reason for Danny Ainge to select Fab Melo in the NBA draft.

He thinks Doc can turn him around.

Maybe Doc can?  After all, Rajon Rondo has had a rocky road over the years.

In the 2012 NBA playoffs, Rondo was arguably the best player on the Celtics. He was also the player who got ejected from Game 1 of the C's opening round series against the Atlanta Hawks for bumping a ref.

Rondo's issues have been ones involving his temper.

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo won't allow Melo to drive Doc Rivers too nutty.
Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo won't allow Melo to drive Doc Rivers too nutty.Elsa/Getty Images

Doc may end up wishing that Melo had a temper. The knock on Melo—as Ford stated above—isn't a temper, or an inability to control his emotions. It's more like apathy.

That won't just cause problems with Doc Rivers. It will also rub guys like Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and just about every single person who has ever been a Celtic fun nuts.

Can Doc turn Fab Melo around?

On his own?

No, that's too much for one man to handle, but he won't have to do it alone.

There's no way that Kevin Garnett will choose to put off retirement and re-sign with the Celtics to chase another ring, only to find his efforts undermined by a talented but inconsistent first-round draft pick with solid potential and questionable passion.

The Sullinger pick makes sense. Even with the medical record, the Celtics took a player who would have never been available to them had it not been for the medical issues

The Melo pick doesn't make sense on the surface, but when Celtics fans think about Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo "lack of dedication or motivation" certainly don't leap to mind.

Fab Melo will change his ways as a member of the Celtics, or he won't be a member of the Celtics for very long.  

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