Kobe Bryant’s tragic and unexpected passing has hit NBA fans hard, and the league is already honoring the late basketball legend in a multitude of ways. Bryant was named as a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame nominee back in December, but it was recently announced that he’ll be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Hall of Fame’s 2020 class later this year.
Fans are also doing their part to honor Bryant, and they are now urging the NBA to change its logo to feature Bryant’s silhouette. Currently, the logo features former Lakers player Jerry West. The logo change request was put forth with a petition on Change.org along with a mockup of what it would look like.
The petition was launched just two days ago by a Canadian fan named Nick, but it’s already logged an astounding 1.8 million signatures. After the petition starting gaining traction, Nick explained that he wanted to “deeply thank everybody who contributed through signing and donating to the petition. When I started this I didn’t expect much to come out of it my goal was 100 signatures at best…I hope with our effort that our dream does come true and we are able to see Kobe Bryant engraved into the NBA Logo.”
As People reports, a number of athletes have supported the logo change, including NBA player Jamal Crawford and NFL tight end Zach Ertz.
Kobe has to be the new NBA logo…..
Dear @NBA, I think it’s time we change your logo. #MambaForever pic.twitter.com/FRrYprO8w4
The NBA hasn’t responded yet, but we’ll update this story if there are any logo announcements made.
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