The Anational basketball association (NBA) communicated this Thursday its decision to remove number six bib of all league uniforms honoring the memory and legacy of Bill Russelllegend of the Boston Celtics and the one who has won the championship ring the most times (11), who He passed away on July 31 at the age of 88.. players like Lebron James they will have to choose a new number.
“The life and legacy of 11-time NBA champion and civil rights pioneer Bill Russell will be honored by the retirement of his uniform number, 6, throughout the league. iconic Hall of Famer of Basketball Naismith Memorial will be the first player to retire his number in the entire NBA,” he explained in the statement.
In addition to retiring Russell’s number, the NBA will pay tribute to the Boston Celtics legend throughout the 2022-23 season. All the players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys, and each court will display a clover logo with the number 6 on the sideline, near the scorer’s table.
The Celtics, for whom Russell played his entire career and coached, will have a separate, unique recognition for him on their uniforms, to be announced soon.
“He isunprecedented success of Bill Russell on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way. Permanently retiring his number from every NBA team ensures that Bill’s momentous career will always be recognized,” said Commissioner Adam Silver.
“East it is a transcendental honor reserved for one of the greatest champions to ever play. Bill’s actions on and off the court throughout his life helped improve generations of players and for that, we will be eternally grateful. We are proud to continue celebrating his life and legacy with the league,” said National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio.