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NBA retires Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey permanently leaguewide

Kristaps Porzingis will be the last player to wear the number for the Dallas Mavericks.

Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey is being retired across the NBA.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association made the announcement Thursday, permanently retiring the number worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist and someone good enough to have been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Russell becomes the first player to have his number retired leaguewide.

“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. “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”

Players who currently wear No. 6 — including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James — may continue doing so. But the number cannot be issued again, the league said.

Kristaps Porzingis was the last player to wear the number for the Dallas Mavericks. He wore the number from 2020-22 prior to being traded to the Washington Wizards.

All NBA players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys this season, the league said, and every NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.

The Boston Celtics have “separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms” planned, the NBA said.

History of Mavericks wearing No. 6

PlayerYear(s)
Kristaps Porziņģis2020-2022
DeAndre Jordan2019
Johnathan Motley2018
Manny Harris2017
Andrew Bogut2017
Derek Fisher2013
Troy Murphy2013
Tyson Chandler2011-2015
Quinton Ross2010
Eddie Jones2008
Marquis Daniels2004-2006
Avery Johnson2003
Danny Manning2002
Khalid Reeves1997-1998
Chucky Brown1994
Myron Jackson1987
Winford Boynes1981

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