Q: Do you think the No. 6 NBA retirees? They should. Do you think Pat Riley puts Bill Russell’s jersey in the arena next to Michael Jordan and Dan Marino? He should. Greatness, perseverance, mental tenacity and excellence in difficult times. -Stuart.
A: I agree, given the Heat’s precedent with No. 23 for Michael Jordan, that would be the logical next step. But that, of course, wouldn’t stop the team from also retiring LeBron James’ No. 6 jersey, which appears next in the line of team digital honors. As for the NBA as a whole, perhaps the best option right now is for all teams to wear a No. 6 crest on their uniforms this season. That way, instead of a jersey lost in the rafters and out of sight of TV, there will be constant on-field reminders of Bill Russell’s significance to the game and society. Such an approach would also make it easier for the league to decide in the future as to who is and who is not worthy of such league-wide honor upon their passing.
Q: So if the Heat give up Bam Adebayo, some role players and some first-round picks for Kevin Durant, it’ll be an absolute disaster if there’s no championship in two years. For my part, there is no joy in following a team with this kind of baggage. – Ray, Deerfield Beach.
A: But what if there was a championship in one or both of those two years? That’s what it would come down to. The team has a long history of living in the moment, as evidenced by the forfeit offered to Shaquille O’Neal and the draft picks sent in for LeBron James and Chris Bosh. So the question would be where a core of Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry would put you in the East?
Q: Why didn’t Pat Riley set his sights on John Collins? He would immediately fit into the vanguard and provide shooting and athletics alongside Bam Adebayo. –Hung, Elk Grove, Ill.
A: Who said he didn’t? Wanting someone and having someone are two different things.