BOSTON (AP) — Newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving will wear No. 11 in Boston because the Celtics already have retired the numbers he wore in college and with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving wore No. 11 at two New Jersey high schools before switching to No. 1 at Duke. He wore No. 2 with the Cavaliers for the first six years of his NBA career.
The Celtics retired No. 1 for founder and original owner Walter Brown. They retired No. 2 for former coach and general manager Red Auerbach.
In all, the Celtics have retired 21 numbers, with Paul Pierce’s No. 34 next in line for the TD Garden rafters.
One fan told 22News he’s glad to see Irving become the main man.
“It’s something he wanted to do, he wanted to be the main man,” Adrian Cabrera told 22News. “This kind of helps him show what hes got, not under Lebron’s shadow but as one of the first scoring options on a team.”
Irving will face his old team in the first game of the regular season, when the Celtics take on the Cavs in Cleveland on October 17.
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