This season, the NBA will honor the life and legacy of Bill Russell by retiring his number 6 jersey throughout the league. It’s the first jersey number the NBA has retired. As a side note, those currently wearing number 6, such as LeBron James, are grandfathered, though it would be a classy gesture to switch numbers.
Additionally, players throughout the league will wear a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys, and every NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the number 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.
The Celtics will honor Russell, a franchise architect, in a multitude of ways, including hosting two dedicated Bill Russell tribute games. The first one will take place opening night against the Sixers on Oct. 18. That night, they’ll unveil a special…