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Should the NBA retire Bill Russell’s number 6?

On July 31, legend Bill Russell passed away, who was not only one of the best players in the history of the Boston Celtics and the NBA, but also th


On July 31, legend Bill Russell passed away, who was not only one of the best players in the history of the Boston Celtics and the NBA, but also the only player to have won 11 championships throughout his career.

Former player Magic Johnson made an unprecedented proposal after learning of Russell’s death, suggesting to Commissioner Adam Silver that he globally retire the number 6 in the league, this in tribute to the impact that Russell had on basketball and also under his role as an activist Social.

This proposal would seek to imitate what was done by the MLB with Jackie Robinson, when in 1997 the professional baseball league made the decision to withdraw the number 42, recognizing Robinson’s role as the first great African-American star in said sport, thus breaking down the social barriers associated to skin color.

Russell played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Celtics, being the great leader of the organization in his twelve appearances in the Finals between 1957 and 1969, winning a total of 11 championship rings and in two of them also appearing as coach, a series of made without comparison in the world of basketball.

Already in 2011 Russell had made history by becoming the first NBA player to be decorated with the Medal of Freedom, an award given by the President of the United States, being highlighted by Barack Obama as a change manager in history of American sports.

Taking all this into consideration, Johnson’s proposal is not unreasonable, since the figure of Russell must be remembered and admired by future generations, being one of the first great stars that allowed the evolution of basketball as a sport and development tool. Social.

Although he is usually left aside from the discussion as the best player of all time, prevailing over figures like Michael Jordan, LeBron James and others, what Russell has done is special and invaluable, so a tribute in this category looks more what deserved