The NBA should retire Bill Russell’s number

BOSTON — For 13 years, Bill Russell terrorized opponents on the court, garnering 12 All-Star nominations, five MVP awards and 11 NBA championships. For his efforts, the Celtics have enshrined Russells No. 6 among those never worn again.

The NBA should do the same.

William Felton Russell died on Sunday. He was 88 years old. He died less than two months after Stephen Curry won his first MVP at the Finals – an award named after Russell. The NBA has done much to honor Russell’s legacy. It was David Stern who brought Russell back into NBA orbit in the mid-1990s, a decade after Russell’s 58-game stint as Kings coach ended. From there, there were all-star appearances, Finals cameos, and even a reunion with Wilt Chamberlain, Russell’s longtime rival.

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