Bill Russell's No. 6 to be retired across NBA
The NBA will honor the legacy of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell by retiring his No. 6 jersey for all 30 teams.
The iconic Hall of Famer will be the first player to have his number retired across the NBA.
He became the first Black coach in NBA history in 1966. He led the team to back-to-back championships in 1968 and 1969.
Russell was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 for his basketball excellence and his unwavering commitment to social justice.
In addition to retiring Russell’s number, the NBA will pay tribute to the Boston Celtics’ legend throughout the 2022-23 season.
Russell’s jersey number, which he wore for his entire 13-season career from 1956-69, will not be issued again by any NBA team to any player.
During and after his extraordinary basketball career, Russell passionately advocated for the values of equality, respect and inclusion.
Russell was born on February 12, 1934, to Charles Russell and Katie Russell in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Russell's life was marked by an uphill battle against racism and controversial actions and statements in response to racism.