Monday, September 19, 2022

Celtics reveal parquet floor tribute to Bill Russell

The Celtics announced Monday their plan to honor Bill Russell by having his iconic No. 6 displayed in the paint on the parquet floor at both ends of the court during the upcoming 2022-23 season. 

The tribute marks the "first time numerical text will be displayed within that area on an NBA court," according to the team's press release.

Here's a preview of what the court at TD Garden will look like:

Russell, who passed away on July 31 at the age of 88, played 13 seasons for the Celtics -- winning a record 11 championships -- while also fighting for civil rights and social justice off the court.

The NBA announced in August their plans to honor Russell this season, including permanently retiring his No. 6 league-wide for the first time in the association's history.

The Celtics will also unveil their 2022-23 City Edition uniforms as a tribute to Russell -- a project they were collaborating with the icon over the years -- on opening night when they host the Philadelphia 76ers to tip-off the NBA season come Oct. 18.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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