Among the many ideas on how to best pay homage to Kobe Bryant in the wake of the former Los Angeles Lakers superstar losing his life in a helicopter crash that claimed him, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, one that’s picked up a lot of steam has been the idea of changing the NBA’s logo from a silhouette of another Lakers great, Jerry West, to Bryant.
Beginning with a tweet sent out Sunday evening by veteran Jamal Crawford, who last played for the Phoenix Suns last season, there have been many calls to change the logo to Bryant.
This includes a petition on Change.org that’s well on its way to reaching three million signatures already after just being created on Sunday, and even a call to action from Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.
But no matter how many millions of people – be they celebrities or not – want to see the NBA make this change to honour Bryant, it will remain impossible without some backing behind the idea in a more official capacity.
And that may yet be on the way.
Speaking to The Athletic’s Rod Boone earlier this week, Charlotte Hornets – and former Toronto Raptors – centre Bismack Biyombo, one of the NBPA’s vice presidents, said that key representatives from the Players’ Association will soon hold a conference call to discuss how to best honour Bryant. Changing the logo to his likeness seems to be a consideration.
“As a player, I think you want to see that,” Biyombo said. “You just want to see that because of what the guy has meant to the game, to be honest. For me, I think as a player, I would really like to embrace that…
“[Making Bryant the logo], it’s an appreciation of what the guy has done for the game of basketball, and that’s what I think we all should be thinking about.”
A member of the players’ union executive leadership team going on record suggesting the logo be changed to Bryant would seem to be a pretty strong vote of confidence that this is something many across the NBA would get behind.
At the very least, a change of the silhouette to Bryant would likely relieve the current logo, West, who has publicly said, on multiple occasions, that he’d like to see the logo changed from himself.
Fans want it, a prominent member of the Players’ Association wants it and the actual logo himself wants it.
The question now remains, does the league want to change the logo?