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Doc: ‘I think No. 6 should be retired’

Going into Friday’s game against Atlanta, Doc Rivers [1] had lots on his mind. Namely, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson [2], Al Horford and the very young and talented Hawks [3].

One thing NOT on his mind is whether the No. 23 should be retired throughout the NBA, as suggested by superstar LeBron James [4].

“I don’t know if there’s a right answer on that,” Rivers said. “Something I’ve been asked far more than I’d like to be asked, going into a game. He said he was going to wear No. 6. That number should be retired. I don’t know what the right answer to that question is. I think it’s good either way.”

James offered to give up his No. 23 and wear his Olympic No. 6 instead. Then, Rivers had some fun with reporters pregame Friday.

“You know who No. 6 is, right?” Rivers said, referring to Bill Russell [5].