The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) will retire the quantity 6 jersey worn by Boston Celtics nice and civil rights icon Invoice Russell, who died late final month, the league stated on Thursday.
An 11-time NBA champion and the league’s first Black coach, Russell is the primary participant to have his quantity retired throughout all groups within the NBA.
“Invoice Russell’s unparalleled success on the court docket and pioneering civil rights activism need to be honored in a novel and historic approach,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stated in an announcement.
“Completely retiring his No. 6 throughout each NBA workforce ensures that Invoice’s transcendent profession will all the time be acknowledged.”
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