BOoston – Kevin Garnett has made a big impact on the Boston Celtics during his six year stay with the franchise.
He helped turn one of the worst teams in the tournament into a 2007-08 NBA champion, the Defender of the Year and set up the All-Star team five times. For everything Garnett has done, the franchise will honor him specifically in the 2020-21 season.
Garnett No. 5 will be lifted to the raft at TD Garden, taking place in an empty square next to teammate Paul Pierce.
The Celts made the announcement in a unique way during the first quarter of the match on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden.
They did so through a tribute to Garnett displayed on the video board in the meantime. The video ends with the message that No. 5 will retire and the crowd breaks out.
"I was honored and grateful for drawing my number with the Celtics," Garnett said. "I will always have respect and appreciation for ownership, Daniel Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!"
Garnett was exchanged by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Celtics in the summer of 2007, joining Ray Allen, who had just been acquired from Seattle SuperSonics and Pierce.
The team set the tournament's best season record, then beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six matches for the first Celtics title since 1986.
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