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Sports Bill Russell: NBA pulls jersey number from traffic-as a tribute to dead player legend

04:30  12 august  2022
04:30  12 august  2022 Source:   spiegel.de

Bill Russell, Legendary Basketball Player and Coach, Dies at 88

  Bill Russell, Legendary Basketball Player and Coach, Dies at 88 NBA's legendary 11-time champion Bill Russell died Saturday, it was announced on his official Twitter account. He was 88. Russell holds the record for the most championships won by any player in NBA history and is tied with Montreal Canadiens hockey star Henri Richard for the most won by any athlete in a North American sports league. Russell won all 11 of his championship rings with the Boston Celtics between 1957 and 1969, including eight consecutive between 1959 and 1966. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1975 and again as a coach in 2021.

, a unique step for a unique player: For the first time in NBA history, a jersey number is no longer allocated in the league. It is one of several actions that honor the late Bill Russell.

  Bill Russell: NBA zieht Trikotnummer aus dem Verkehr – als Hommage an tote Spielerlegende © Bill Chaplis/ dpa

After the death of the American basketball legend Bill Russell, the NBA does not want to award its jersey number six in the future. With this unique decision so far, the life and inheritance of Russell should be honored, as the North American professional league NBA and the NBPA playing union announced on Thursday. The most successful NBA professional in the history after Titles died at the end of July at the age of 88 .

NBA and Civil Rights Icon Bill Russell Dead at 88: 'Our Beloved No. 6'

  NBA and Civil Rights Icon Bill Russell Dead at 88: 'Our Beloved No. 6' Bill Russell, who earned 11 NBA championship rings during his career, died on Sunday with his wife Jeannine by his side . The statement added that "arrangements for his memorial service will be announced soon" and "Bill's wife, Jeannine, and his many friends and family thank you for keeping Bill in your prayers." "Perhaps, you'll relive one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or recall his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the real story behind how those moments unfolded," the statement concluded.

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"Bill Russell's unprecedented success on the pitch and as a pioneer of the civil rights movement, it deserves to be recognized in a unique and historical way," said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. By no longer being awarded number six, Russell's jersey will remember his "outstanding career" forever. In addition,

wants to commemorate the league in the upcoming 2022/23 season with several actions of Russell. All players should wear a badge on their jerseys, in the halls a logo with number six is ​​said to be shown in the halls.

The fact that individual teams pull the numbers of particularly successful games out of circulation occurs more often. However, a number "retired" in the complete league has never been "sent to". There have been comparable cases in baseball and ice hockey. However, NBA players who are currently number six-including Topstar LeBron James -can keep them.

Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend, dies at 88

  Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend, dies at 88 BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell, the NBA great who anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport — and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday. He was 88. His family posted the news on social media, saying Russell died with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. The statement did not give the cause of death, but Russell was not well enough to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy in June due to a long illness. “Bill's wife, Jeannine, and his many friends and family thank you for keeping Bill in your prayers.

Affect against racism

Bill Russell was one of the most formative and influential basketball players in the early phase of the NBA as an active player. He won the NBA championship eleven times with the Boston Celtics between 1957 and 1969-as often as no other player.

He also won two titles with the Celtics as the first black head coach. Russell repeatedly campaigned for the fight against racism and demonstrated with Martin Luther King again and again. In 1961 he boycotted a game to draw attention to the racist discrimination against blacks in basketball.

NBA retires Celtics' legend Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey across entire league .
NBA retires Celtics' legend Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey across entire league"Bill Russell's unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill's transcendent career will always be recognized.

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