NBA: No one will use the number six of the legendary Bill Russell |  Video

6 is forbidden to mortals…

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced this Thursday its decision to remove number six from all uniforms of the league in honor of the memory and legacy of Bill Russell, legend of the boston celtics and the player who more times he has won the champion ring (11), who He passed away on July 31 at the age of 88.

In its statement, the NBA notes:

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 Basketball Hall of Famer Naismith Memorial will be the first player to have his number retired in the entire NBA.

In addition to retiring Russell’s number, The NBA will pay tribute to the Boston Celtics legend throughout the 2022-23 season. All players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their t-shirts, and each court will display a logo in the form of a clover with the number 6 on the sideline, near the scorer’s table.

Celtics, for whom it is Russell played his entire career and coachedthey will have a unique and independent recognition for him in their uniforms, which are towill announce soon.

the commissioner Adam Silver spoke about this recognition of the mythical Bill Russel:

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Bill Russell’s unprecedented success 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 is always recognized.

While, Tamika Tremaglio, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), noted:

This is a momentous 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.

(With information from Europe Press)

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