NBA legend Bill Russell has passed away. The league is now commemorating him with a special campaign.

Following the death of NBA legend Bill Russell, the jersey number 6 will no longer be issued in the North American professional basketball league. This was announced by the league on Thursday.

Russell, who had won eleven championships with the Boston Celtics with the 6 on his chest and is still the most successful player in history, had died on 31 July at the age of 88. Russell is the first player in the NBA to receive this honour.

“Bill Russell’s unmatched achievements on the court and his pioneering commitment to greater civil rights deserve to be recognised in a unique and historic way,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. In addition, all 30 teams will have Russell commemorative badges on their jerseys and courts next season.

Players like superstar LeBron James, who currently wear the 6, will not have to give up their number. However, there will be no more giveaways in the future.

Most teams have been practising this for a long time. For example, the Dallas Mavericks will no longer have a player wearing 41, which was worn by German superstar Dirk Nowitzki. With the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan’s 23 will no longer be issued. Only the Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors still had all their numbers available.