Lakers superstar LeBron James reflects on being one of the last wearing No. 6 after the late great Bill Russell.
Earlier this year, in August, the NBA lost one of its founding pillars to Bill Russell. An irreparable loss, the Celtics legend paved the way for a future generation of athletes. Mr. Eleven Rings not only impressed us with his hardwood talent but also inspired the sports world with his activism.
Russell, who died at the age of 88, left behind a legacy that the NBA promises to honor for eternity, starting with the permanently retired jersey No. Decided to keep the number 6 patch. Even on his jersey.
The NBA and NBPA announced today that they will honor the life and legacy of 11-time NBA champion and civil rights pioneer Bill Russell and permanently retire his uniform number, 6, throughout the league.
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— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) 11 August 2022
The NBA legend played for Boston his entire career, leading the city to 11 championships. Thus it was only fitting that the Celtics outfit decided to pay a season-long tribute, adding the number 6 to the wood paint of the iconic TD field. In the days to come, it can be expected that Commissioner Adam Silver will pay tribute to Russell in more ways than one.
Be on the lookout for a special tribute to Bill Russell on Parquet this season ️ pic.twitter.com/Pt6IoZbekx
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 19, 2022
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As the trials for the upcoming season began, the media caught hold of LeBron James, one of the last players to land at No. The Lakers superstar recounts memories of receiving the coveted Bill Russell Finals MVP award.
LeBron James addresses being one of the last players to wear the number 6.
Following the tragic demise of Celtics legend Bill Russell, the NBA and NBPA announced the decision to permanently retire No. This means that this particular number will not be issued to any player in future. However, this rule does not exist for current players wearing number 6.
6 players in the 2021-22 season include LeBron James, Alex Caruso, Kristaps Porzingis, Lou Williams and Lance Stephenson, according to NBA.com. Russell is one of 12 Hall of Famers who wore the number 6 at some point in their career.
Recently, King James considered being one of the last lucky people to wear the number 6.
LeBron will be one of the last players to wear the number 6, retiring for Bill Russell: “It was always a treat to see him at the Games, get a chance to win championships, see him on the panel and give me the Bill Russell Award for the happiest of my career.” was one of the moments.” pic.twitter.com/096IT3ABhz
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) September 30, 2022
A four-time Finals MVP, James remembered collecting the trophy from the hands of the legend. Like Russell, Akron’s child never hesitated to voice his opinion on social issues. A philanthropist, the James ‘I Promise Foundation’ is proof of this.
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