HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — The NBA has announced that it will be retiring 11-time NBA Champion Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey across the league in the wake of his passing on July 31.

Russell is the first player in the history of the NBA to receive such a distinction. Joining Jackie Robinson in the ranks of sports legends with their numbers retired leaguewide.

The NBA has also announced that all NBA players will wear a commemorative patch honoring Russell on the right shoulder of their jerseys and every team will display a No. 6 logo on the sidelines near the scorer’s table.

According to Shams Charania, NBA players currently wearing the No. 6 will be grandfathered in and will not be forced to change numbers. The most notable example is LeBron James, who currently sports the No. 6 for the Los Angeles Lakers.

CLEVELAND, OHIO – MARCH 21: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on March 21, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Lakers defeated the Cavaliers 131-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

No players currently wearing the No. 6 have announced their intentions in light of Russell’s jersey retirement.