NBA News – Lakers legend Magic Johnson demands. Bill Russell’s number 6 should no longer be awarded

Lakers legend Magic Johnson has called on the NBA to stop awarding the recently deceased Bill Russell the league-wide No. 6 award. Russell was considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, no one in NBA history won more championships than him with eleven titles.

“Commissioner Adam Silver should have 6 under the NBA roof to honor Bill Russell’s legacy,” the Magic tweeted. Such demands have been made several times in the past few days since Russell’s death on Sunday.

This would be new in the NBA, but MLB provides a model. In baseball, the number 42 is no longer given to MLB’s first black player, Jackie Robinson. On “Jackie Robinson Day” in April, all players wear 42 in memory of Robinson.

Not only did Russell make a huge impact on the basketball world as the greatest scorer in history, he also made an impact off the court with his political commitment and fight against racism. In Boston, his number 6 already hangs from the ceiling of the hall, which is the highest honor in US sports.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Russell led the Celtics to 11 championships, including eight in a row. During his 13-year NBA career, the future Hall of Famer was a twelve-time All-Star and five-time MVP, averaging 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists throughout his career. The outpouring of sympathy inside and outside the NBA following his death was immense.

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