February 25, 2021

Kyrie Irving Wants Kobe Bryant as New NBA Logo

Kyrie Irving is never one to hide his opinions, and his latest Instagram post was no different. The Brooklyn Nets guard suggested that Kobe Bryant should take the place of the silhouette of Jerry West as the NBA's logo.

Irving believes that a league that is made up of a majority of Black players should have a Black player as its logo. 

Irving captioned the pic: "Gotta Happen, idc what anyone says. BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE."

The current NBA logo was created back in 1969 by Alan Siegel. 

This isn't the first time that Bryant has been mentioned as a replacement for West in the logo. Millions of fans have signed a petition asking for this to happen since Bryant's tragic death last January.

Bryant served as a mentor to Irving over the years, and while they never played for the same NBA team, they grew close during their time with Team USA. Their relationship grew so close that Irving called Bryant from the locker room after winning his first championship in 2016.

As Bryant would detail in a Sirius XM interview:

"After Cleveland came back from that 3-1 deficit and beat Golden State, my phone rings and it’s a FaceTime call. It’s Kyrie. Kyrie’s in the locker room and celebrating and on FaceTime he says, ‘Dude! It worked. Your advice worked.’“

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