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Julius Erving doesn’t think the NBA should retire Kobe Bryant’s number league-wide like Bill Russell

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NBA legend Julius Erving doesn’t think commissioner Adam Silver should retire Kobe Bryant’s number league-wide like he did the late Bill Russell.

Unless he has already worn it, no NBA player will be able to wear No. 6 in the future, as Russell’s number will hang in the rafters of every team’s arena throughout the league. While Erving, who wore no. 6 during his career, he understands why the NBA decided to do that, he told TMZ that comparing Russell to Bryant wasn’t right.

“I don’t think it should be compared to the Russell situation,” Erving said at LAX airport. “We’re new to it, but let’s see how it works out. Maybe at some point. Bill was 86, so address it like this to an 86-year-old man: multiple champions, multiple coaches champions, multiple in-and-out champions. court, or whatever, there is no comparison.

Tri-State head coach Julius Erving looks on during a game against the Tri-State during week eight of BIG3 at the Comerica Center on August 6, 2022 in Frisco, Texas.
(Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images for BIG3)

Erving said Bryant’s situation should be handled by the Los Angeles Lakers, his former team. They already retired their No. 8 and No. December 24-January 18, 2017 before his tragic death on January 26, 2020.

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“If they wanted to do it, which I think they already have, it makes sense, but for the whole league to do it, probably not,” Erving said.

Erving added that he played with Bryant’s father, Joe Bryant, who was affectionately nicknamed Jellybean.

Erving was also good friends with Russell and understands what an impact he had on basketball, something no other player will ever be able to do.

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Bill Russell, a member of the 1966 Boston Celtics championship team, is honored at halftime of the game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at the TD Garden on April 13, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bill Russell, a member of the 1966 Boston Celtics championship team, is honored at halftime of the game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at the TD Garden on April 13, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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“Bill was a very special person and what he did for basketball, no one else could ever do again. So I think it’s completely justified to retire his number,” he said.

“He was a great friend of mine and may he rest in peace.”

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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant shoots a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant shoots a shot between Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

Russell, who was 88 years old at the time of his death, was an 11-time NBA champion and commanded two NBA championships as the first black head coach of any North American professional sports team, let alone of the NBA.

He was also a 12-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA honoree, five-time MVP and all of that led to an easy Hall of Fame decision.

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Bryant is also in the Hall, having been one of the best players in NBA on-court history. Bryant, an 18-time All-Star, racked up five titles in addition to the 2007-08 MVP. He was a two-time Finals MVP and a two-time scoring champion.

Bryant died along with his daughter and seven other people when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, in January 2020.

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