NBA player: In the league’s history, this is the first time that Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey has been retired.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced on Thursday that all 30 clubs would permanently retire the number worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist, and individual deserving of induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.
“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honoured in a unique and historic way,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Permanently retiring his No 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognised.”
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is one player that now wears No. 6, and they are all allowed to keep doing so. The league stated that the number cannot be granted once again.
This season, according to the NBA, all players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys, and each NBA court will include a clover-shaped logo with the number 6 on the sideline close to the scorer’s table.
The Boston Celtics have “separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms” planned, the NBA said.