76ers to retire No. 4 for Dolph Schayes, Noel will continue to wear it
The Philadelphia 76ers announced that they will retire No. 4 in honor of Dolph Schayes in a ceremony on Jan. 23.
Sixers fans will probably notice that Nerlens Noel wears No. 4 at the moment, and the team said he will continue to do so.
“I am honored to continue wearing the number four as a way to recognize one of the most dominant big men ever to take the court," said Noel in a team-issued release. "I take the responsibility of wearing the Sixers uniform very seriously and will continue representing the organization - and now the legacy of Mr. Schayes - to the best of my ability."
“Our family is completely humbled by the graciousness of the Philadelphia 76ers organization. My father’s jersey represents not only his great basketball career, but also the dedication and love of his family, teammates and friends with whom he was blessed throughout a very happy life,” said Schayes’ son, Danny, who played 18 seasons in the NBA. “Nerlens Noel is a blossoming star in this league and the Schayes family is honored that he will continue to wear the number four.”
Under normal circumstances, when a number is retired it's no longer worn by a player on that team. It's unclear when this particular decision was made, but it was obviously well after Noel's on-court arrival in a Sixers uniform last season.