Kevin Garnett will develop into the twenty fourth participant in Boston Celtics historical past to have his jersey retired on March 13, when Boston will host the Dallas Mavericks at TD Backyard at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Garnett, who received the 2008 title with the Celtics, spent six seasons of his Corridor of Fame profession in Boston. His acquisition by way of commerce in 2007 — together with Ray Allen — noticed the Celtics kind a Huge 3 alongside fellow Corridor of Famer Paul Pierce. They led the Celtics to that 2008 title and again to the NBA Finals once more in 2010, when the Celtics misplaced in seven video games to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston had initially made a shock announcement at halftime of a recreation between the Celtics and LA Clippers in Boston on Feb. 13, 2020 that Garnett’s No. 5 jersey could be retired at a later date.
“I am honored and grateful to have my quantity retired with the Celtics,” Garnett mentioned in a press release on the time. “I’ll at all times have immense respect and appreciation for possession, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my previous teammates and Celtic Nation!”
Nonetheless, with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the NBA a month later, and inflicting nearly all of final season to be performed with out followers, there by no means was a possibility to rejoice Garnett in Boston the way in which the Celtics would wish to — with TD Backyard full of celebrating followers.
Now, although, that chance will are available March, and with a twist, as Garnett’s former coach with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, is now teaching in Dallas after being employed earlier this offseason.
Garnett was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame alongside Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan within the Class of 2020, and will likely be Pierce’s presenter when he’s inducted later this yr.