Bill Russell is the first NBA player with the number removed by all teams
The number 6 had only been used in Boston by Johnny Simmons (1946-47), George Munroe (1947-48), Hank Beenders (1948) and Tom Kelly (1948-49), but from 1956 to 1969 it became the number 6. of legendary Celtics pole Bill Russell.
The basketball player who died at the age of 88, on July 31 of this year, left a tremendous legacy, having won 11 championships in 13 years, two of which as a coach and having been the first black coach to guide a main team in northern sports. most prominent Americans.
In addition to opening the door to many other coaches, Bill also made an impact as a pioneering advocate for civil rights in that country by marching side by side with Martin Luther King.Jr.
As a tribute to the contribution he made to basketball, the NBA decided to withdraw the number 6, not allowing its use to any player who intends to use it, however, giving authorization to players like the 6 of Los Angeles. Lakers, Lebron James continue to use it.
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