The NBA announced back on Aug. 11 that Bill Russell’s No. 6 would be retired on a league-wide basis and that all teams would wear a memorial patch for Russell in the 2022-23 season. If you were wondering (as I was) how they’d wedge the patch in with the maker’s marks and ad patches, we now have our first look at how that will be handled.
That comes courtesy of the Hornets’ Twitter feed, which this afternoon featured a bunch of photos from the team’s Media Day session. The pics show various players wearing the team’s uniform, with the Russell patch positioned high on the right shoulder strap, above the Jordan marker’s mark. The patch will presumably be able to sit a bit lower on the jerseys with the standard Nike logo.
It’s interesting that the league has chosen to put the patch on the right side. Memorial patches more often go on the left, because that’s closer to the heart. But hey, can’t have anything competing with that ad patch, right?
I’m hearing that the Celtics will have a different tribute for Russell — stay tuned for that.
(My thanks to Jacob Hill for bringing the Hornets’ pics to my attention.)