Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey first ever to be retired across entire NBA

Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey first ever to be retired across entire NBA

Thursday, the NBA announced plans to retire Bill Russell's jersey number.

Russell, an 11-time NBA champion and activist, died on July 31.

Russell's No. 6, which he wore for 13 NBA seasons, will no longer be released.

All NBA players will wear a memorial patch on their uniforms during the 2022-23 season to honour Russell.

All NBA courts will display a lover-shaped emblem with the No. 6 at the scorer's table.

This will be the first time the NBA retires a number league-wide. Previously, only individual clubs did so.

Bill Russell's court accomplishments and civil rights work merit a unique and historic recognition, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

Russell was a lifelong Celtic. He was a 12-time NBA All-Star and five-time MVP.

Russell became the first Black NBA head coach after retiring as a player, leading the Celtics to two more titles.

Russell was also a civil rights activist who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Russell fought for league equality.

National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio called it a "momentous honour"

Bill's activities on and off the court helped influence generations of athletes, and we are eternally thankful.