Boston to retire Kevin Garnett's No. 5 jersey

  • Boston to retire Kevin Garnett's No. 5 jersey

Boston to retire Kevin Garnett's No. 5 jersey

The Boston Celtics will retire Kevin Garnett's No. 5 jersey during the 2020-21 season, the team announced during Thursday's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The announcement occurred during the first timeout in Boston's game against the Clippers, with Garnett's former Boston coach, Doc Rivers, standing on the opposite sideline.

Garnett will be the 23rd Celtics player to have his number retired, in addition to honors without number designations for former forward Jim Loscutoff and former radio announcer Johnny Most.

Garnett felt honored and thankful when he found out about the exciting news. "I will always have enormous respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!"

Garnett joined Boston in a trade leading up to the 2007-08 season that saw him join forces with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, a union that ultimately led the Celtics to their NBA-best 17th championship.

How long he will miss because of the latest injury is unknown but the team is set to begin a weeklong break coinciding with the NBA's All-Star weekend and George did not make the game as a starter or reserve. Garnett averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1 block in 30.9 minutes during his Celtics tenure.

Following a stint with the Nets, Garnett returned to the Wolves during the 2014-15 season and retired in 2016.