Boston Celtics Announces Kevin Garnett’s Number Will Be Withdrawn

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BOSTON - Boston Celtics announced tonight that Basketball Hall of Fame candidate Naismith Memorial and 2007-08 NBA champion number 5 Kevin Garnett will be removed, joining other Celtics legends for the ultimate honor of the team. Garnett's number will be elevated to TD Garden rafters during the 2020-21 season."I am honored and grateful to have withdrawn my number with the Celtics," said Garnett. "I will always have immense respect and appreciation for the property, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my former teammates and Celtic Nation!"

"As soon as he arrived in the summer of 2007, Kevin changed everything for us," said Wyc Grousbeck, co-owner of the Celtics. "His total commitment to winning was a deciding factor in our 2008 championship. He will always be one of my favorite Celtics. "

"KG came to Boston as the ultimate Celtic who adopted the" team first "ethic and brought a competitive fire," said Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of the Celtics. “We will be eternally grateful for his extraordinary contribution to the presentation of the 17th championship banner in Boston, and we will always remember him as a leader on and off the field. He was the true embodiment of Celtics pride. "

"Kevin gave everything he had to the Celtics in every training, in every game, and his unique blend of energy, intelligence and talent brought out the best in his teammates and coaches," said Danny Ainge , president of the Celtics of basketball operations.

Garnett, a 6'11 "forward and center and one of the most dominant two-way players in NBA history, arrived with the Celtics in a trade-off prior to the 2007-08 season. In his first season with the team, he helped lead Boston to its 17th best NBA world championship while winning the first All-NBA team and the title of NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Garnett was an All-Star in five of the six seasons he played for the Celtics, and was named to four All-Defensive NBA teams during this period. He appeared in 396 games with the Celtics and averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 interceptions and 1.0 block in 30.9 minutes per game.

Garnett joins teammate Paul Pierce, whose number was retired in 2017-18, in the Garden Rafters. He is the 24th member of the Celtics organization to receive this honor.

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