NBA retires Bill Russell’s league No. 6 – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — No Boston Celtic has worn Bill Russell’s number six since the 5-time NBA MVP and 11-time champion retired in 1969. Soon the rest of the NBA will follow suit.

The NBA will retire the late Bill Russell’s league-wide number, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Russell wore six for all 13 seasons of his career, all of which he spent with the Boston Celtics.

According to Charania, players who currently wear the number six, like Laker’s LeBron James, will be treated as grandfathers and will be allowed to continue wearing the number.

Bill Russell is the third player to hold the honor of a league-wide jersey retirement among the “Big Four” of North American professional sports leagues, joining MLB’s Jackie Robinson and NHL’s Wayne Gretzky.

While Russell is known as one of the sport’s greatest winners, the center was also an active member of the civil rights movement, participating alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1963 March on Washington.

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