The NBA will honor 11-time champion and all-time nice Bill Russell by retiring his No. 6 all through the league.
A Russell commemorative patch on uniforms and a brand on courts will likely be used throughout the NBA as nicely for the 2022-23 season, the league and Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation introduced Thursday.
“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned in a press release. “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”
Gamers who presently put on the No. 6 — together with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and the Washington Wizards’ Kristaps Porzingis — will likely be grandfathered in and might proceed to make use of the quantity, which is not going to be issued once more to any participant, the league mentioned.
Russell died July 31 on the age of 88. The Boston Celtics nice gained eight straight titles from 1959 to 1966 amongst his 11 general, together with two (1968, ’69) whereas as each a participant and serving because the NBA’s first Black coach.
Russell was additionally recognized for his work in civil rights, and he acquired the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from Barack Obama in 2011.