The NBA has announced that it will retire Bill Russell’s No.6 league-wide, and every player will wear a black No.6 patch on his jersey in appreciation.
NBA unveils No.6 honour to Boston’s Bill Russell
As the longest-tenured player at the Celtics, Marcus Smart has been in Boston long enough to appreciate what Bill Russell meant to the team, the city and the country.
“We’ve heard things like ‘pioneer, trailblazer,'” Smart said on Monday while wearing a patch honouring the Celtics Hall of Famer who died this summer.
“To mention, you know, Bill Russell and the impact that he brought to this game is undeniable.”
The centrepiece of the Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years, Russell is being honoured this season not just for his unmatched success on the court but for a lifetime commitment to civil rights.