Kevin Garnett’s number to be retired by Celtics

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By WEEI 93.7

Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 will be retired by the Celtics, the team announced on Thursday. 

In a press release, the Celtics said Garnett’s jersey will be sent to the rafters of the TD Garden during the 2020-2021 season. 

“I’m honored and thankful to have my number retired with the Celtics,” Garnett said in the statement. “I will always have immense respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!”

“KG arrived in Boston as a quintessential Celtic who embraced the ‘team first’ ethic and brought a competitive fire,” said Steve Pagliuca.  “We will be forever grateful for his extraordinary contribution to bringing the 17th championship banner to Boston, and we will always remember him as a leader on and off the court. He was the true embodiment of Celtics pride.” 

To the rafters -- #KG5 pic.twitter.com/lKMo1wmhM9

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 14, 2020

 “Kevin gave everything he had to the Celtics in every practice, in every game, and his unique blend of energy, intelligence, and talent brought out the best in his teammates and coaches,” Danny Ainge said.  

Energy and intensity unmatched. #KG5 pic.twitter.com/jg8knc3HGq

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 14, 2020

Garnett joined the Celtics before the 2007-2008 and helped lead the team to an NBA Championship title that year. He left Boston in 2013 before retiring in 2016. 

He appeared in 396 games with the Celtics and averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game.