The Boston Celtics had a great double-OT win Thursday night over the Clippers but the excitement for all of the fans in attendance extended beyond what took place on the court. That is because during the first quarter of the game, the Boston Celtics played a surprise video announcing that Kevin Garnett's No. 5 jersey will be retired next season and join the team's 23 other retired numbers in the rafters at TD Garden. It was only fitting that Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who coached Kevin Garnett for six seasons in Boston (2007-2013), was at TD Garden when the announcement was made.
Garnett was the fifth pick in the 1995 NBA draft selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Over the course of his 21-year NBA career, he averaged 17.8 points, 10 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He is also just one of three players in the history of the NBA to have at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists. He was the 2004 MVP and won a championship with the Celtics in 2008. He was also a 15-time All-Star and 12-time All-Defensive performer.
Many argue that the Boston Celtics retire way too many numbers and I definitely agree. After saying that, I do believe that Kevin Garnett deserves to have his number retired. Although he only spent six seasons, the fact of the matter is that he was the heart and soul of that championship team in 2008. While the Celtics could have won another championship during his time in Boston, he put up impressive numbers and was a true leader of the team. He was a very unselfish player who gave an all-out effort every second he was on the floor. Garnett was also named a Hall of Fame finalist on Friday, so it is safe to say he has had a good couple of days. Looking back at it, KG was was the true definition of a Celtic and it is only right that his number will go up into the rafters at TD Garden.