August 18, 2022

By Dr. Valerie Wardlaw

Contributing Writer


For the first time in the history of the NBA, Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey is being retired across the league.  The NBA, and the National Basketball Players Association announced that the No. 6 worn by basketball great Bill Russell is being permanently retired by all 30 teams. 


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized. 


Bill’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way.”   





Only baseball’s Jackie Robinson’s No.42 and hockey’s Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 have been retired across their respective leagues.


Beginning this season, all players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys and every NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the No. 6 on the sideline. 


For current players who wear No. 6, they may continue to do so but the number cannot be issued again, the league said.

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