Kyrie Irving still wants the NBA to change its logo from a silhouette of Jerry West to a full-on action shot of Kobe Bryant.
Bryant’s widow responded positively to Irving’s latest push.
Vanessa Bryant wrote Wednesday night on Instagram, “Love this @kyrieirving,” in reply to Irving posting a 3-D illustration of Kobe Bryant dribbling in front of the NBA logo’s blue-and-red background.
“Gotta Happen, idc what anyone says. BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE,” Irving wrote in the post (emphasis his). Bryant’s action in the image is similar to the West drive that was used to create the silhouette that is at the center of the current logo.
The post energized NBA social media; Irving’s post alone had garnered more than 1 million likes and close to 21,000 replies as of 2:15 a.m. ET Thursday.
And while Kobe was a popular pick among responders, there was, of course, a large group calling for Michael Jordan to be the league’s new logo.
Kobe Bryant was a great NBA player and may he R.I.P. but if the NBA changed the logo, it should be with the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jordan. The logo could be slightly modified by putting MJ in a uniform instead of warmups. pic.twitter.com/zCXKqnzAQ1
— Kenneth Pleasant (@pleakenray89) February 25, 2021
As for West, he has said in the past that he would be amenable to a change.
Jerry West says if he was given royalties for being the NBA logo he would use that money to create safe basketball facilities for kids in the inner cities. pic.twitter.com/bRfGrGNM1W
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 28, 2019
Kyrie wants the NBA logo to change from Jerry West to Kobe Bryant. We’ve had Jerry on The Jump and asked him about the logo; he said he’s perfectly happy to cede it to someone else… pic.twitter.com/D2CTs3qQWv
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 24, 2021
The NBA reportedly has never officially acknowledged that West is the person in the current logo so that it doesn’t have to pay him royalties for its use of the image. Commentators speculated Wednesday that the league might not want to change the logo to Bryant if it has to pay royalties to his estate.
Calls for a logo change began shortly after Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
The league has not commented on Irving’s post.