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No more #5 for KG.  A new team means a new number.  Kevin Garnett will now rock a Brooklyn Nets jersey with the number 2.  Why you ask?!  It’s a tribute to a late teammate and friend. Report after the jump…



Via YahooSports:

On May 20 2000, Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers was preceded by the shocking news that Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Malik Sealy had died in a car crash just hours before the tip. The widely respected veteran had just celebrated the birthday of teammate Kevin Garnett the night before, and was driving back to his house when a previously-convicted drunk driver jumped the center line to crash head-on into Sealy’s SUV.Garnett was the last person Sealy saw before his untimely death.

Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he’s paid tribute to his late friend and teammate by choosing to wear No. 2 for his new team. Garnett hasn’t commented on the switch, but for the man who already sports a tattoo with that number in tribute to Sealy, it is obvious what his motivations are.