NBA to retire number six in honor of Bill Russell's legacy: Which players will need to change numbers?

NBA to retire number six in honor of Bill Russell’s legacy: Which players will need to change numbers?


Since he lost his life on July 31 at the age of 88who talked about the possibility that the NBA remove the number 6 circulation of their uniforms, in honor of the memory and legacy on and off Bill Russell’s playground. Finally, this Thursday, August 11, this idea became reality and this was confirmed by the league through an official press release.

From the 2022-2023 season, Competitive players will no longer be able to use 6 (unless they used it in 2021-2022)Being the first retired number of the North American league.

The NBA and NBPA today announced that they will honor the life and legacy of Bill Russell, 11-time NBA champion and civil rights pioneer, permanently retire his number, 6, throughout the league“, began the press release.

Bill Russell’s unprecedented success in the field and his pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way.said commissioner Adam Silver.The permanent removal of his number 6 from all teams in the league ensures that Bill’s memorable career will always be recognized“.

It’s a capital honor reserved for one of the greatest champions of all time.said NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio.Bill’s actions on and off the pitch throughout his life have helped to improve generations of players and for that we will be eternally grateful. We are proud to continue celebrating his life and legacy with the league.“.

In addition to retiring Russell’s number, the NBA will honor the Boston Celtics legend throughout the 2022-23 season. All NBA players will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jersey. and every NBA court will display a Clover with the number 6 on the key. The Celtics, for whom Russell has played his entire career and also coached, will have separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms, which will be announced shortly.

Can LeBron James still wear number 6?

The Los Angeles Lakers star and other players who used this number last season, they can continue to wear it in 2022-2023. The retirement covers all the rest of the players, current or future, who will not be able to opt for this number.

Which players wear number 6 in the NBA?

The number 6 is one of the most used today. Only in 2021-2022, 25 players they used it on their uniforms. Including a superstar like james lebronwho during his career has alternated between this number and Michael Jordan’s 23.

Also, in the past it has been used by other legends such as Julius Ervin Yes Patrick Ewingamong other members of the Hall of Fame.

Below is the list of players who wore the 6 during the 2021-2022 campaign.

Player crew
Nickeil Alexander Walker Pelican | Jazz
Moses Brown Cleveland Cavaliers
Shaq Buchanan memphis grizzlies
Alex Caruso Chicago Bulls
Zylan Cheatham Utah Jazz
gabriel bridge Oklahoma City Thunder
Hamidou Diallo Detroit Pistons
David Duke Jr. brooklyn nets
Brian Forbes Denver nuggets
Melvin Frazier Oklahoma City Thunder
Quentin Grimes New York Knicks
Montrezl Harrell Washington Wizards
james lebron Los Angeles Lakers
Keon Johnson Portland Trail Blazers
Kenyon Martin Jr. Houston Rockets
Jalen McDaniels Charlotte Hornets
Jordan McLaughlin Minnesota Wolves
Kevin Pangos Cleveland Cavaliers
Kristaps Porziņģis Mavericks | Wizards
smart javont milwaukee dollars
spear stephenson Indiana Pacers
Rayjon Tucker Denver nuggets
Luca Vildoza milwaukee dollars
Tyrone Wallace New Orleans Pelicans
louis williams Atlanta Hawks

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