Celtics announce new unique tribute to Bill Russell
BOSTON (WLNE) — The Boston Celtics announced Monday that they’ll be honoring the late Bill Russell in a unique way this season.
Boston’s signature parquet floor will have Russell’s number six in the paint on each end.
Russell died on July 31, at the age of 88.
The team released a statement about the tribute, saying:
“As a part of the tributes, the Celtics have unveiled a new home parquet court ahead of the 2022-23 season. The team has added the number 6 to both lanes to pay homage to Bill Russell’s dominant play in the paint, marking the first time numerical text will be displayed within that area on an NBA court.”
Russell spent all 13 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics, winning 11 championships in the process.
In 1967, he was named the team’s player-coach, becoming the first Black head coach in the history of the league.