Bill Russell is third athlete to have number retired league-wide

The NBA is retiring Bill Russell’s No. 6 league-wide starting with the 2022-23 season. Russell passed away last month at 88 years old. Players who currently wear No. 6 will be allowed to keep doing so, but the league won’t issue No. 6 to anyone else ever again.

In addition to retiring Russell’s number league-wide, all NBA teams will also wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys honoring Russell for next season. Every arena will also have a “clover-shaped logo with No. 6,” according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Russell’s No. 6 is the third jersey to be retired league-wide in one of the

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