On August 12, 2022, Beijing time, the NBA officially announced that the league will permanently retire the No. 6 jersey in memory of legendary star Bill Russell.
In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement: “Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserves to be recognized in a distinctive and historic way. Remember. All teams across the league will permanently retire his No. 6 jersey to ensure his extraordinary career will be forever recognized.”
It is reported that players currently wearing No. 6 in the league are still allowed to wear No. 6, and there will be no new No. 6 in the future. And according to Shams, all players in the league will have a special patch on the right shoulder of Russell’s jersey in the new season, and all courts will display the number 6 clover logo.
Earlier, league star Bill Russell died at the age of 88. He is the first player in NBA history to have his jersey retired. In North American sports history, No. 6 is also the third number to be retired by the league after baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 and hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99. (Editor: Xiao Shen)Return to Sohu, see more
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