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Kevin Garnett weighs in on Celtics announcing they'll retire his number

Kevin Garnett weighs in on Celtics announcing they'll retire his number

On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics let it be known that no player in franchise history will wear the No. 5 again.

In a surprise video announcement during their game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team confirmed that Kevin Garnett's jersey would be retired at some point during the 2020-2021 season. Here's a look at the video, per the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston's Twitter account.

After the news broke, Garnett weighed in on the news. In a tweet, he said that he was "honored and thankful" to have his number retired with the C's.

The accolade is certainly a deserved one for Garnett. He helped lead the Celtics to the 2008 NBA Championship and averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game during his six seasons with the Celtics.

And more importantly, he helped to immediately make the team's Big 3 of himself, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen mesh immediately in their first year together.

Garnett's number retirement will mark the 23rd in the history of the Celtics and he will join the likes of Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, and other Celtics legends in the TD Garden rafters.

2020 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Teams still on schedule for June

2020 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Teams still on schedule for June

The NBA season may be at a standstill, but that won’t slow NBA teams down from preparing for the upcoming draft that’s currently slated for June 25. 

While this draft is short on star power like this year’s NBA rookie class, which includes Zion Williamson of New Orleans, Ja Morant in Memphis and New York’s R.J. Barrett, all of whom turned in strong first seasons in the NBA, there’s still plenty of talent to pick over in the coming weeks. 

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And the Celtics will get their shot — make that shots, plural — with three first-round picks this year. 

Here’s a look at the Celtics’ possible draft plans as well as those of the rest of the NBA in the latest NBC Sports Boston NBA Mock Draft. 

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Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Classic Celtics: Watch Larry Bird's heroics vs. Pacers in 1991 playoffs

Larry Bird was one of the most talented players in NBA history.

But he was also tough as nails.

Exhibit A: Game 5 of the Boston Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers on May, 5, 1991, which NBC Sports Boston will re-air Wednesday night as part of our "Classic Celtics" series.

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Bird suffered a nasty head injury late in the second half of the winner-take-all Game 5, and Celtics fans feared he was done for the game.

The 34-year-old C's legend triumphantly returned in the second half, though -- much to the delight of the raucous Boston Garden crowd -- and incredibly finished with a team-high 32 points to help the Celtics defeat a talented Pacers team 124-121 and win the series, 3-2.

Our re-broadcast of Celtics-Pacers Game 5 begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and will feature additional commentary from Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, an Indiana native who grew up rooting for the Pacers.

Here's how to watch:

When: Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and in the MyTeams app

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