On Sunday, the Boston Celtics retired Paul Pierce’s No. 34.
Since “The Truth” played 15 seasons in Boston, was a 10-time All-Star and brought the organization their 17th championship in 2008, it was a fitting tribute for a Celtics legend.
While the moment was certainly special for Pierce, his family and the city of Boston in general, a very interesting question arose shortly after: who will be the next former Celtic to have his jersey retired?
Are there even any possibilities who have similar resumes as Walter Brown, Red Auerbach, Dennis Johnson, Bill Russell, JoJo White, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Tom Sanders, John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Don Nelson, Bill Sharman, Ed Macauley, Frank Ramsey, Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, Cedric Maxwell, Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, Reggie Lewis, Robert Parish and now Pierce?
Apparently No. 34 already has someone in mind.
"Without a doubt, KG's number will be [the next one] retired in Boston," said Pierce about Kevin Garnett, per ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. "It's going to happen.”
"[Garnett would] rather have his jersey retired in Boston than in Minnesota," Pierce added. "He'll eventually have his number retired with the Timberwolves, too, but he'll have to wait until management sells the team."
According to Forsberg, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team has already had informal discussions about retiring Garnett's number, but a final decision would come from ownership.
Despite the fact that Garnett played just six seasons in Boston, he had a lasting impact and helped change the culture of a struggling franchise, creating a championship-caliber atmosphere in each year with the club.
"It was six years of potential championship-caliber teams and All-Star play from KG," said Ainge. "I think that it was a pretty significant impact he had in those six years.”
Brian Scalabrine, who played on the 2008 title team alongside Pierce and Garnett, believes that KG’s number should go up in the rafters.
"They go together. Those two guys are linked. That's how it is," he said. "Even the fact that there's one more spot on that banner, that spot is No. 5. He's the guy. They hang out [together in Los Angeles], they also hang out right next to each other on the banner. There's no argument out there that he does not belong on that banner. No one out there can make that argument."
Current Celtics center Al Horford agrees with that sentiment.
"He deserves to be up there," said Horford. "Huge impact. In my eyes, from the outside looking in, he made everything happen. He was the type of glue guy, he was a leader, he was the guy that changed everything. It takes a lot of pieces. I know he's never going to want to take the credit, but I feel like his number should be up there. There's no question about it.”
It remains to be seen if the Celtics decide to honor Garnett. But, judging by Pierce’s reaction, it’s probably only a matter of time before he gets a call.