Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Garnett to wear #5


Marc Stein/ESPN on Garnett's new number:

I'm told it's almost certainly going to be No. 5.

If there's a more superstitious player in the NBA than Garnett, I'm struggling to picture him. But Garnett, remember, is about to join the franchise that has retired 21 numbers, including KG's trademark No. 21. He's going to have to change numbers whether he wants to or not.

Word is Garnett's first three choices with his new team were Nos. 21, 1 and 2. But all three have been retired by the Celts: No. 21 for Bill Sharman, No. 1 for franchise founder Walter Brown and No. 2 for Red Auerbach.

So why No. 5?

It's about to be vacated by Gerald Green . . . and Garnett, don't forget, was the No. 5 overall pick in the 1995 draft.

And if there's another reason, I'm sure we'll hear it from KG himself by Wednesday at the latest.