Bill Russell’s No. 6 among six numbers retired by Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors retired NBA legend Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey before their game against the Boston Celtics, the team he led to 11 titles during his 13 year career.

Russell, a Bay Area native who played basketball at McClymonds High School in Oakland and won back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956 at the University of San Francisco, died this past July at age 88. The Hall of Famer’s jersey will be the first retired by all NBA teams.

Russell’s daughter Karen Kenyatta Russell spoke at the ceremony before Saturday’s game, along with former Warriors’ president and close friend of Russell’s Rick Welts and Tom Mesechry, a longtime Warrior from Russell’s era who has his No. 14 retired.

The 12-time All-Star was a fixture in the NBA until his death, notably handing out the NBA Finals MVP award named in his honor. That’s how most of the current Warriors, including coach Steve Kerr, first met him.

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