WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) - With names like Fab Melo and Dionte Christmas, the two Boston Celtics rookies were ready for nicknames.
Kevin Garnett was happy to oblige.
The Celtics center says he likes to come up with pet names for his young teammates. Jared Sullinger is ``Sully'' or sometimes ``Young'un,'' and Christmas is Temple because that's where he went to college. Kris Joseph is ``Shawn,'' because he reminds Garnett of someone named Shawn. And Melo is just Melo because Garnett says he felt strange calling another man ``Fab.''
Garnett has himself been known as ``The Big Ticket'' and ``KG'' in Boston since he arrived in the summer of 2007.
The Celtics practiced Friday in preparation for their exhibition game against the New York Knicks on Saturday night in Hartford, Conn.

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