The NBA will completely retire Bill Russell’s uniform No. 6 in honor of Russell’s life and legacy, the league introduced Thursday. The quantity retirement might be throughout each NBA crew so as to guarantee “that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated in a press release.
Current NBA gamers already sporting No. 6, together with Lakers’ famous person Lebron James, might be grandfathered in and may proceed sporting the quantity.
Russell died on July 31 on the age of 88. In his enjoying profession, he became the most decorated champion in crew sports activities historical past, profitable 11 NBA titles, 5 MVPs and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
The NBA and NBPA introduced at the moment that they’ll honor the life and legacy of 11-time NBA champion and civil rights pioneer Bill Russell by completely retiring his uniform quantity, 6, all through the league.
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) August 11, 2022
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