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NBA retires jersey number across league to honour Bill Russell

After guiding the Celtics to 11 titles, basketball hero, Bill Russell is rememnered as one of the NBA’s greatest players. Photo: rappler.com

In recognition of one of basketball’s most influential figures both on and off the court, the NBA is retiring a jersey number for the first time throughout the entire league.

The league on Thursday declared the permanent retirement of the late Bill Russell’s number 6.

During the 2022/23 NBA season, every player will also have a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys, NBC Sports says.

The Boston Celtics legend, who died on July 31 at the age of 88, wore No. 6 throughout his 13-year NBA playing career.

Although the league is retiring the number beginning with next season, selected players can continue wearing it on the court.

The NBA said in its announcement that players who currently don No. 6 will be grandfathered in. Major League Baseball made the same decision in 1997 when it retired Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 league-wide but allowed players who already wore it to continue doing so until they retired.

Writing by Muzha Kucha