NBA retires Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey completely leaguewide

Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey is being retired throughout the NBA.

The NBA and the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation made the announcement Thursday, completely retiring the quantity worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist and somebody adequate to have been enshrined within the Basketball Corridor of Fame as each a participant and a coach.

Russell turns into the primary participant to have his quantity retired league-wide.

“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 stated. “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”

Gamers who presently put on No. 6 — together with the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James — might proceed doing so. However the quantity can’t be issued once more, the league stated.

All NBA gamers will put on a patch on the suitable shoulder of their jerseys this season, the league stated, and each NBA court docket will show a clover-shaped brand with the No. 6 on the sideline close to the scorer’s desk.

The Boston Celtics have “separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms” deliberate, the NBA stated.

Reporting by Related Press.

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