Another number is headed to the rafters at TD Garden!
During the first quarter of Thursday night’s game with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics made a surprise announcement: Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 jersey will be retired next season.
To the rafters #KG5 pic.twitter.com/lKMo1wmhM9— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 14, 2020
Kevin Garnett's statement on the Celtics retiring his #5 jersey next season:— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) February 14, 2020
“I’m honored and thankful to have my number retired with the Celtics. I will always have immense respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!”
“From the moment he arrived in the summer of 2007, Kevin changed everything for us,” said Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck in Boston’s official statement. “His complete commitment to winning was a decisive factor in our 2008 championship. He will always be one of my very favorite Celtics.”
NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg shared a video of the announcement during a first quarter timeout.
5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/m9YcwzLXQL— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) February 14, 2020
Garnett’s jersey will join Paul Pierce’s No. 34 above the parquet, which was retired during the 2017-18 season.
Read the full statement from the Celtics below.
Here's the release from the #Celtics announcing that Kevin Garnett's No. 5 will be retired in the 2020-21 season: pic.twitter.com/UFUO2HYUU8— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) February 14, 2020