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BROOKLYN, N.Y.—According to a report from CelticsLife.com, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett will wear No. 2 instead of the No. 5 he wore with the Boston Celtics or the No. 21 he donned for the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is according to Tim Bontemps, the Brooklyn Nets beat writer for the New York Post who made this announcement via Twitter.
Garnett will wear No. 2 – not 21, his old number in Minnesota – in Brooklyn.
The number change comes out of respect for his fallen friend and former teammate Malik Sealy, who was killed on Saturday May 24, 2000 after driving home from Garnett’s 24th birthday party. A pickup truck was driving on the wrong side of a divided highway according to a Sports Illustrated report, tragically ending his life. Sealy, 30 at the time of his death had just finished his eighth season with Minnesota and had played in all 82 regular season games and four playoff games with the club in the 1999-00 season. Sealy had worn the No. 2.
This is a great gesture by Garnett and just shows you what kind of person he is. Known for being a fiery competitor, it is nice to see this side of him as well. This is a classic case of the theory that sports goes beyond the games that are being played.