Friday’s Mashup: Marcus Smart, Doc Rivers react to Kevin Garnett number retirement announcement

Lucy Burdge
February 14, 2020 - 7:40 am

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-- The Celtics announced Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 will be retired by the team and they did so with a video tribute on Thursday night and Marcus Smart was inspired by the footage. 

“Once I got to watching, it just got my blood flowing,” he said. “If it didn’t get you going, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t think you need to be in any type of sports. Just watching that video gives you that extra juice to go out there and compete.”

Doc Rivers was thrilled with the news. 

“Oh, wow, that’s awesome,” Rivers said. “That’s really cool. I wish somebody would’ve told me … That is awesome. That is really awesome. Hopefully it’s a day that we play them and I can be there, because that is absolutely deserved, and Hall of Fame next. So, he’s a special man in my life, for sure.”

As was Kemba Walker. 

“It’s well deserved,” Walker said. “I can’t wait for that actually. That’s going to be super cool. He’s going to get so much love. He’s one of the best all-time.”

-- Colin Kaepernick has announced he is writing a memoir about his protests during the national anthem.

Kaepernick will publish the memoir under his own publishing company, Kaepernick Publishing. 

"I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action," he said. 

Earlier this week Kaepernick said he hopes to return to the NFL. 

"My desire to play football is still there," Kaepernick said on Tuesday. "I still train five days a week. I'm ready to go, I'm ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I'm still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I'll be looking forward to it."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just think we know what, I know what — we know what was going on, and we know we didn’t do anything. So, I mean as far as what the report is going to say, whatever it says it says. And, like I said, we’re just focused on this year and that’s all we can focus on.” -- Andrew Benintendi, on MLB’s investigation into the Red Sox