Bill Russell’s number 6 jersey is retired across the NBA.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that the jersey numbers worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist, and Hall of Fame inductee as both a player and coach will be permanently discontinued.
Russell becomes the first player in the entire league to have his number retired.
“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights movement should be celebrated in a unique and historic way,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. By permanently retiring the number 6, Bill’s extraordinary career will always be recognized.”
Players currently wearing the number 6, including LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, may continue to do so. However, the number cannot be reissued, the league said.
All NBA players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys this season, and all NBA courts will display a clover-shaped logo, with the number 6 on the sideline near the scorers’ table, according to the league. will be
According to the NBA, the Boston Celtics are planning to “specially recognize him on their uniforms.”