Pierce was right.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 14, 2020
Garnett was excellent in Boston. He keyed the 2008 championship run and made the All-Star team five of his six seasons with the Celtics.
But six seasons aren’t many for a historic franchise like Boston.
Of the 21 players honored in the rafters, none played fewer seasons with the Celtics:
Reggie Lewis and Ed Macauley also played six seasons in Boston. Lewis was honored after his untimely death. Macauley got his number retired in 1963, before the Celtics knew how many great players they’d have.
For most teams, retiring Garnett’s number would be a no-brainer. In Boston, it’s not so clear given his lack of longevity there. That’s how great the Celtics have been. But if they want to honor him, more power to them. Nobody will complain about Garnett – whose competitive spirit and winning ways created a lasting legacy – getting honored.