Bill Russell Rumors
Kyle Goon: LeBron will be one of the last players to wear No. 6, retired for Bill Russell:“It was always a treat seeing him at games, having an opportunity to win championships, see him up on the panel and give me the Bill Russell Award was one of the most delightful moments of my career.” pic.twitter.com/096IT3ABhz
KC Johnson: Alex Caruso said he did give some thought to changing No. 6 in honor of Bill Russell but was told he couldn’t because his jersey is in top 75 for jersey sales. All teams are wearing No. 6 patches on uniforms. Said he would revisit decision next season.
Mike Curtis: The #Pistons announced they will honor the life and legacy of Bob Lanier by wearing a “16” stripe on the upper-right section of their jerseys throughout the season. Like other teams, the Pistons will also have a No. 6 patch on their jersey to honor the late Bill Russell.
Q. You’re honoring Bill Russell on opening night against the 76ers. Can you share anything about what’s been planned? Wyc Grousbeck. “We’re planning a celebration and we’re in consultation with his widow and his family, and there are sensitivities to doing anything over the top. But we’re going to be honoring Bill Russell. It’s not clear whether the family wants a large celebration. It’s not a knock on Boston or the Celtics. It just feels like they’re not sure what feels right at this point. “But we’ll definitely be honoring Bill on opening night, and we plan to have some imagery on the court and something memorializing him on the uniform. But it’s still under discussion. We’re very focused on doing what we can, but we want to make sure the family is happy.”
Two national titles at USF. Eleven NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. Five-time Most Valuable Player. First Black head coach in the NBA. Humanitarian. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. And to start it all right there in West Oakland: McClymonds High School class of 1952. McClymonds honored Bill Russell in a brief ceremony before Friday night’s season-opening football game against Bellarmine. Russell, one of the most prolific winners in sports history, died July 31 at age 88.