in tribute to Bill Russell, the American league will retire number 6 in the 30 teams

in tribute to Bill Russell, the American league will retire number 6 in the 30 teams

The NBA has announced to pay a last tribute to basketball legend Bill Russell, who died on July 31 at the age of 88. No more players will wear number 6 in the NBA.

The NBA will honor Bill Russell, 11-time champion and one of the greatest legends in American sports history, by retiring his number 6 worn in Boston, league-wide.

A commemorative patch honoring Russell sewn on uniforms and an on-court logo will also be used throughout the NBA for the 2022-23 season, the league and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Thursday.

“Bill Russell’s unprecedented success in the field and his pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Permanently retiring his number 6 on all NBA teams ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”

Players who currently wear number 6 – including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Washington Wizards Kristaps Porzingis – will be grandfathered and able to continue using the number, which will no longer be assigned to any player.

Russell died July 31 at the age of 88. The Boston Celtics giant won eight consecutive titles from 1959 to 1966 among his 11 in total, including two (1968, 1969) when he was both player and first black coach in the NBA. He was also known for his civil rights work, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from Barack Obama in 2011.

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