Magic Johnson has been heard. The former Lakers point guard had called for Bill Russell’s number 6 to be retired for all franchises, as the man with 11 titles had been important to the history of the league.
In a joint press release, the NBA and the players’ union announce that this will be the case!
« Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and his seminal civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way »explains Adam Silver. « Retiring his number 6 on all NBA teams ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be respected. »
“It is a major honor reserved for one of the greatest champions of all time”adds Tamika Tremaglio, executive director of the players’ union. “Bill’s actions on and off the court throughout his life have helped shape generations of players for the better and we are forever grateful. We are proud to continue celebrating his life and legacy alongside the league. »
In addition to retiring Bill Russell’s number, the NBA will pay tribute to the Celtics legend throughout the upcoming season. All players will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys, and each NBA court will display a cloverleaf logo with the number 6 near the scorer’s table. The Celtics will wear a distinct and unique recognition sign on their uniforms, which will be announced shortly.
Bill Russell, who died on July 31 at the age of 88, will be the very first NBA player whose jersey will be retired by all teams. Last year, 24 players wore number #6, like LeBron James and Kristaps Porzingis, and they can keep it. However, this number will no longer be assigned to other players.