Doc Rivers says Kevin Garnett changed the culture of the Boston Celtics

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

With Garnett's former Boston coach, Doc Rivers, standing on the opposite sideline, the house lights went dark and a Garnett video montage was shown on the Garden scoreboard.

On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics let it be known that no player in franchise history will wear the No. 5 again. "I will always have enormous respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!" said Garnett in a statement. He helped Boston to the National Basketball Association title in 2007-08 in his first season - winning Defensive Player of the Year honors along the way - and another Finals appearance in 2009-10, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers. "I will always have huge respect and appreciation for ownership, Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers, my past teammates and Celtic Nation!" said Garnett in a statement.

Garnett joined Boston in a trade leading up to the 2007-08 season that saw him join forces with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, a union that ultimately led the Celtics to their NBA-best 17th championship. After the Celtics made the official announcement, Garnett issued the following statement: "I'm honored and thankful to have my number retired with the Celtics". He was a superstar, but he played his role for the team anyway, somehow. He changed the culture of this franchise.

In his eight seasons, Garnett averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Garnett will be the 24th member of the Celtics organization to receive this honor.

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