NBA Will Be Retiring late Bill Russel's No. 6 Across the League and it makes another history.
Bill Russel an 11-time NBA champion, became first player to have his jersey number retired across the league.
Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized: NBA Commissioner
Players who currently wear No. 6 may continue. But the number cannot be issued again.
Now all NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.
He was also first Black coach in major U.S. pro sports to win a championship.
First player who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., stood with Muhammad Ali and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
more than 250 players in NBA history to wear a No. 6 jersey but now no one to wear.
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