will be the 24th player in History to see his jersey retire on March 13, as Boston hosts the at TD Garden at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Garnett was a 2008 champion with the Celtics and spent six of his Hall of Fame years in Boston. He was acquired via trade by the Celtics in 2007. Along with Ray Allen, they formed a Big 3 along fellow Hall of Famer Paul Pierce. They helped the Celtics win the 2008 championship and return to the NBA Finals for the second time in 2010, where they lost seven to the defending champions.
Boston originally announced a surprise at halftime during a Celtics game.Garnett's number. At a later time, the 5 jersey would be retired.
Garnett released a statement that stated, “I'm humbled and grateful to have my number retired by the Celtics.” I will never forget Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers as my former teammates, and the Celtic Nation.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic decimated the NBA a month later and caused virtually the entire last season without fans. There was never an opportunity to honor Garnett in Boston as the Celtics wanted, but TD Garden was packed full of celebrating fans.
However, this opportunity comes in March with a twist. Garnett is Garnett's former coach.Jason Kidd has been hired as a coach in Dallas earlier in the offseason.
Garnett was among the class of 2020 inductees to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Tim Duncan. Pierce will serve as his presenter for the induction ceremony later in the year.