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Tributes have poured in since the death of Bill Russell, whose unparalleled success as an NBA champion was rivaled only by his impact off the court.

Magic Johnson would like to see his legacy formalized league-wide. The Hall of Fame Los Angeles Lakers point guard called for the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday to retire Russell’s jersey No. 6 across the league. He made his pitch on Twitter.

The suggested step would immortalize Russell’s No. 6 alongside that of No. 42 in MLB, which is retired across baseball to honor Jackie Robinson. Russell’s like legacy as an on-court champion and civil rights trailblazer certainly makes him an intriguing candidate for what would be an unprecedented NBA honor.

It’s a compelling pitch from Magic. Read more.

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