Kyrie Irving still wants the NBA to change its logo from a silhouette of Jerry West to a full-action shot of KA Bryant.
Bryant’s widow responded positively to Irving’s latest push.
Vanessa bryant Written on instagram on wednesday night, In response to “Love Is @kyrieirving,” Irving dribbled against the blue and red background of the NBA logo, posting a 3-D depiction of Koba Bryant.
“Will, IDC what anyone says. The Black Kings produced Legal,” Irving wrote in the post (on his emphasis). 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 activated NBA social media; Irving’s post alone had reached more than 1 million likes and 21,000 replies by 2:15 am ET Thursday.
And while Kobe was a popular pick among respondents, of course, a large group was calling for Michael Jordan’s league’s new logo.
Kobe Bryant was a great NBA player and he may be RIP but if the NBA changed the logo, it should be with Michael Jordan, the greatest player in NBA history. The logo can be slightly modified by putting MJ in uniform instead of warm-up. pic.twitter.com/zCXKqnzAQ1
– Kenneth Pleasant (@ pleakenray89) 25 February, 2021
For West, he has said in the past that he would be responsible for a change.
Jerry West says that if he had been given royalties for being the NBA logo, he would have used that money to build safe basketball facilities for kids in inner cities. pic.twitter.com/bRfGrGNM1W
– Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) 29 May 2019
Kiri wants the NBA logo changed from Jerry West to Kobe Bryant. We did Jerry on The Jump and asked him about the logo; He said that he is completely happy to do it for someone else… pic.twitter.com/D2CTs3qQWv
– Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) 24 February, 2021
The NBA reportedly never officially acknowledged that West is the person in the current logo so that he would not have to pay royalties for the use of the image. Commentators speculated on Wednesday that the league might not want to change the logo for Bryant if it had to pay royalties to its assets.
The call for a logo change began shortly after Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
The league has not commented on Irving’s post.