On Thursday, August 11, 2022, the NBA, by its commissioner, introduced the retirement of jersey No. 6 throughout the league. Adam Silver made the announcement in a bit prolonged assertion shared through the league’s social media handles.
The rationale behind the choice to retire the No. 6 jersey is to honor the legacies and achievements of Invoice Russell, who died on July 31, 2022, on the age of 88. The choice was made regardless that there are NBA gamers who at the moment put on the No. 6 jersey.
“Invoice Russell’s unparalleled success on the court docket and pioneering civil rights activism should be honored in a novel and historic method,” Adam Silver’s assertion asserting the retirement of the jersey reads partly.
“Completely retiring his No. 6 throughout each NBA staff ensures that Invoice’s transcendent profession will all the time be acknowledged,” the assertion continued.
The NBA’s resolution has been welcomed by many NBA veterans, followers and gamers within the sport’s neighborhood.
In the meantime, as of the time of writing this text, there are 14 NBA gamers who put on No. 6 of their respective groups.
Notable amongst these gamers is LeBron James, who at the moment performs for the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James, 37, is undoubtedly one of many best gamers within the league at the moment. For the 19 years he has been taking part in; James has received 4 championships, 4 Finals MVP awards, 4 MVP awards, and plenty of different main NBA-recognized awards.
Different gamers carrying the quantity embrace: Houston Rockets’ Kenyon Martin Jr., Nets’ David Duke Jr., New York Knicks’ Quentin Grimes, Detroit Pistons’ Hamidou Diallo, Charlotte Hornets’ Jalen McDaniels, Keon Johnson of the Portland Path Blazers, and Utah Jazz’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who’re all under 25.
The remainder are: Alex Caruso of the Chicago Bulls, Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers and Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks. Montrezl Harrell additionally wears the 6 jersey for the Hornets, in addition to Kristaps Porzingis and Jordan McLaughlin, who put on the numbers for the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves respectively.
Nonetheless, in Thursday’s announcement, the NBA indicated that every one NBA gamers who put on the No. 6 jersey will proceed to make use of them. However they had been fast so as to add that going ahead, the jerseys won’t be issued by any staff to any participant.
Supply: NBA Republic