Bill Russell was most known for being the star center for the Boston Celtics. The NBA star won 11 championships and became a five-time MVP throughout his 13-year career. While his time on the court may be over, the association has decided to give him one last honor.

The NBA announced Russell’s No. 6 will be retired, making him the first player to receive the honor. NBA commissioner explained that the decision to retire the No. 6 was to ensure that Russell’s legacy will always be recognized.

Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way. Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.

The NBA has stated that current players who always wear the No.6 on their jerseys won’t have to change anything. They noted that those who currently wear the number would be grandfathered. In addition to Russell’s signature number being retired, the NBA has said that each player will wear a jersey patch to honor the Celtics legend.

Russell passed away last month at the age of 88. He was spoken fondly by the likes of Magic Johnson and Mike Woodson.

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Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones is a writer for both Thirsty for News and Ringside News. He's been a wrestling fan since 2004 and has always tuned into Monday Night Raw.

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