Bill Russell’s Jersey No. 6 permanently retired across entire NBA

Bill Russell was an American professional basketball player. 

Russell born on February 12, 1934 in West Monroe, Louisiana, United States. 

Russell played as a centre for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. 

Russell was a five time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12 time NBA All-Star. Russell is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.  

Russell owns a number of awards and medal as a  basketball player and coach in his entire life. Russell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. 

In 2010, Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then President Barack Obama for his excellence on the court and on his commitment to social justice. 

Russell remained active and had a presence in the league upto his age 80s. 

The NBA great Bill Russell has died on July 31, 2022  at the  age of 88. 

In Russell 13 years of playing within the NBA, he winning  11 championship rings, which is a feat that no one else has topped since then. 

The NBA announced Thursday, the life and legacy of Bill Russell will be honored by retiring his Jersey No. 6 throughout the league. He will be the first player to have his number retired across the NBA. 

It means no new player will wear Russell’s Jersey No. 6 as a way to pay respect to Russell and forever keep his legacy untarnished and unrivaled. So, number 6 no longer be a part of the NBA in the future. 

Boston Celtics, the team where Russell played his entire career and also served as a coach, will also host a separate recognition for him. 

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