NBA To Retire No. 6 League-Wide To Honor The Late Bill Russell

By Tiffany Williams –

The NBA announced on Thursday it will retire No. 6 league-wide to honor the late Bill Russell. In a statement, the NBA also said during the 2022-23 season “All NBA players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys, and every NBA court will display a logo with the No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.

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

Players who actively wear No. 6 – headlined by LeBron James – will be permitted to continue sporting the digit, but teams will no longer be able to issue it out.

Bill Russell, who was the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty and earned 11 NBA titles during his career, was 88 when he passed away July 31, 2022. He will become the first player to have his number retired across the league

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