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BOSTON — Kevin Garnett made a major impact on the Boston Celtics during a six-year stay with the franchise.
He helped transform one of the worst teams in the league into an NBA champion in the 2007-08 season, was the Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Star team five times. For all Garnett did, the franchise is going to honor him in a special way during the 2020-21 season.
Garnett’s No. 5 will be raised to the rafters at the TD Garden, taking its place in a blank square next to teammate Paul Pierce.
The Celtics made the announcement in unique fashion during the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the TD Garden.
They did so via a tribute to Garnett that was shown on the video board during a timeout. The video ended with a message said that No. 5 would be retired and the crowd erupted.