The NBA is commemorating legendary Hall of Famer Bill Russell in a big way. On Thursday, the league announced they are retiring No. 6 jerseys for all 30 teams.
According to ESPNin addition to Russell’s number being retired, all players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys during the upcoming season, and there will also be a shamrock-shaped logo (for his team the Boston Celtics) with the No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.
Bill Russell becomes the first player in NBA history to have his number retired league-wide.
At the start of the new season, no team will be allowed to award the No. 6 jersey to any of its players. However, players who have already worn No. 6 prior to Russell’s passing may continue to do so. Some players who already wore No. 6 jerseys on their teams include LeBron James, Kristaps Porzingis, Alex Caruso, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement,
“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and groundbreaking civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way. Permanently retiring his No. 6 across all NBA teams ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”
The league also shared that the Boston Celtics have a “separate and unique recognition” for Bill Russell that will be applied to their uniforms.
Bill Russell played for the Celtics throughout his NBA career from 1956-1969. He also coached from 1966-1969 and served as a player-coach, making him the first black head coach in the NBA. He went on to coach the Seattle Supersonics and the Sacramento Kings.
As earlier reported, Bill Russell died late last month, at the age of 88.
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