NBA retires Russell’s No. 6 jersey permanently leaguewide

Players currently wearing the No. 6 — including the Lakers’ LeBron James — can still do so. Russell is the first player to have his number retired league-wide.

BOSTON — Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey will be retired across the NBA.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that they have adopted the number that the 11-time champion, civil rights leader and someone good enough to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach has borne to withdraw permanently.

Russell is the first player to have his number retired leaguewide.

“Bill Russell’s unprecedented on-court success and pioneering civil rights activism deserve a unique and historic tribute,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “The permanent retirement of his No. 6 across all NBA teams ensures Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”

Players currently wearing the No. 6 — including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James — can continue to do so. However, the number could not be assigned again, the league said.

All NBA players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jersey this season, the league said, and each NBA berth will feature a clover-shaped No. 6 logo on the touchline near the scorer’s table.

The Boston Celtics have “a separate and unique recognition planned for him on their uniforms,” ​​the NBA said.

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