As the TD Garden celebrated two of the players most responsible for bringing the Celtics franchise its latest championship on Sunday night, cameras panned to the rafters to show the banners adorned with retired numbers great Celtics of the past.
On one banner, there were two empty spots that seemed to say to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, "You'll have a place here soon."
Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely explained after the game that not only will Pierce have his number retired, but Garnett as well.
"Not only were they great players that helped this team win a championship, but they're among the greatest to ever play the game," Blakely said. "I thought it was really symbolic that they kept showing those retired jerseys and there were two spots that were right next to each other. Clearly when it's all said and done, those guys will be up there as well."
The choice to retire Pierce's jersey is a no-brainer. He was drafted by the Celtics, grew up to a large extent in Boston, and he endured the tough times along with the winning times. For fifteen years, he called the Garden home. He's as much a part of the franchise as any other in recent memory.
Garnett spent just six seasons in Boston, putting his jersey retirement up for a bit more debate. But for Blakely, it shouldn't be a long discussion because of the long-term effect he will have on the organization.
"When you look at the foundation that this team is building off of now, Kevin Garnett has had a lot to do with that," Blakely said. "That 2007 team that was just atrocious, Kevin comes in, set a defensive foundation, and they haven't looked back since."