No NBA pro will wear this number on their back in the future…
The American basketball league no longer wants to award the six. A tribute to the legend Bill Russell († 88) who died in July! This unprecedented decision is intended to honor the life and legacy of the American.
NBA boss Adam Silver (60): “Bill Russell’s unprecedented success on the court and as a pioneer of the civil rights movement deserves to be recognized in a unique and historic way.”
By retiring Russell’s number six jersey, his “outstanding career” will be remembered forever.
Russell won the NBA championship 11 times in his career. Record to this day. The center won all titles with the Boston Celtics. In 1966/67 he took on a dual role, becoming player-coach and that was where he won his last two trophies. Also historical: due to his double function, Russell was also the first black coach in the NBA.
Russell caught 21,620 rebounds in his career. 2nd place in the NBA all-time leaderboard. Before Michael Jordan (59) became a superstar in the 90s, many considered him the best NBA player of all time!
Jordan after his death: “Bill Russell was a pioneer — as a player, as a champion, as the first black head coach in the NBA, and as an activist. He paved the way and was a role model for every black player who came into the league after him, myself included. The world has lost a legend. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.”
On and off the field, Russell has repeatedly campaigned for the fight against racism and demonstrated with Martin Luther King, among others. In 1961 he boycotted a game to draw attention to racial discrimination against blacks in basketball.
Russell has been in the NBA Hall of Fame since 1975. In 2010, then-US President Barack Obama awarded him the “Medal of Freedom” – the highest civilian honor in the United States.
In the upcoming 2022/23 season, the league wants to remember Russell with several campaigns. All players should wear a badge on their jerseys, and a number six logo should be visible next to the scoreboards in the halls.