Kyrie Irving wants NBA to change its logo to Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Laker legend died in a helicopter crash last year


NBA, Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, left, drives downcourt against Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is calling on the NBA to change its iconic logo to one of the late, great Kobe Bryant.

Irving took to Instagram on Wednesday and shared a picture to his over 14 million followers of Bryant superimposed in front of the NBA logo with the caption, “Gotta Happen, idc what anyone says. BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE.”


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A silhouette of NBA Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Laker Jerry West has been used as a logo by the league since 1969.

Last year, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that he “would support” the move to pay homage to Bryant, who died January 2020 in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others.

“I just think it’s so much more than basketball,” Cuban told TMZ last year. “He brought so many people together.”

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, shared Irving’s Instagram post on her Instagram expressing support of the idea, according to Dodger Blue Managing Editor Matthew Moreno on Thursday.

It’s unclear if the NBA has any plans to change its logo from West to Bryant.