Magic Johnson to the NBA: Bill Russells' Jersey Number Across the League

Magic Johnson to the NBA: Bill Russells' Jersey Number Across the League ...

Bill Russell's death has resulted in a number of notable figures honoring his game-changing contribution on and off the hardwood. Magic Johnson, an NBA legend, recently suggested that the NBA should phase out the jersey number Russell wore throughout his basketball career.

Russell is arguably the most decorated player in league history, winning 11 NBA championships in a row. He also won two additional NBA championships as coach of the Boston Celtics.

Russell's championship legacy prompted the NBA to rename the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his honor, which he has given to numerous NBA stars himself over the years. These include Lance Stephenson, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Kristaps Porzingis, and most recently, NBA megastar and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.

Bill Russell died on Sunday (July 31) at the age of 88. The news was posted on the legends' Twitter account.

Below are a few more tributes to Bill Russell from Magic Johnson, Steph Curry, and other NBA greats.

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Bill Russell was my hero on the court and off the court. His dominance and dominance on the court were unquestionable; he won 11 NBA championships. On the court, Bill Russell paved the way for guys like me.

Bill Russell's death has left the world a legend. His impact on basketball and society will not be forgotten. He faced every challenge with dignity and grace, and walked away a champion. My condolences to his family and those who have chosen to call him a friend.

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