The NBA is right for honoring Bill Russell, but the Boston Celtics shamrock branding is too much
Bill Russell is now the first player in NBA history to have his jersey retired across the league.
According to reports today, Russell’s No. 6 will be officially retired starting this season. Any player that’s currently wearing No. 6 will be grandfathered in and be allowed to still wear the No. 6 on their jerseys.
No official report of LeBron James called Adam Silver to allow this to take place.
Bill Russell Announcement
In addition to retiring the number, every single NBA team will wear a “shamrock patch” on team jerseys during the 2022-23 season. On top of that, every arena will also display the shamrock logo with the number 6 on their court.
Don’t get me wrong here, I have no problem honoring Bill Russell. He deserves all the credit in the world.
What I don’t like is the fact that every team needs to do so by wearing a Boston Celtics shamrock on their jerseys and on the floors of their home courts.
That seems like a bit of an overkill right?
What is this Boston Celtics propaganda thats being force fed down our throats?
Can’t we just do it like we have in the past with a black patch band across the jersey and a No. 6 on it? For the court, how about a nice number 6 in a green box or circle at one end of the court?
Example: Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion No. 33 on the Philadelphia 76ers court
The shamrock is the Boston Celtic’s specific team branding and putting that anywhere near the Philadelphia 76ers is something that doesn’t sit well with me.
I absolutely hate the Celtics and everything that happens in Boston. Now we have shamrocks on our jerseys and on our home court at the Wells Fargo Center?
Sorry, but that’s a bit much for my liking.