Kevin Garnett will wear #2 in Brooklyn to honor late teammate

498131_display_imageAfter six seasons in Boston, Kevin Garnett officially became a member of the Brooklyn Nets today. In a pretty awesome gesture, it was revealed that Garnett would wear #2 in Brooklyn to honor former teammate Malik Sealy, who was killed by a drunk driver back in 2000.

KG and Sealy were teammates for two seasons (1999-2000) with the Minnesota Timberwolves. On May 20th, 2000, after attending Garnett’s 24th birthday party, Sealy was was tragically killed by a drunk driver while heading home from the party in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

The 30-year old Sealy, who already had eight years of NBA experience under his belt, was hit head-on by Souksangouane Phengsene, whose pickup truck was going the wrong way on a Minnesota highway. Phengsene was found to be intoxicated and sentenced to four years in prison. He’s had two subsequent DWI convictions and is currently serving another eight years.

It’s a sad story but, after many speculated that Garnett would return to jersey #21 that he wore with the T’Wolves, a really classy move by KG.

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Pete Blackburn
Founder & lead editor of The Nosebleeds. Journalism graduate of Endicott College, Class of 2013. Boston born & raised.