Lakers President Jeanie Buss Supports Vanessa and Kyrie Irving on Changing NBA Logo to Kobe Bryant

Published 02/27/2021, 4:44 AM EST
During the National Anthem Lakers Kobe Bryant points to upward honoring Lakers owner Jerry Buss at the Staples Center Wednesday. Dr. Jerry Buss, died Monday of cancer at age 80. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


A couple of days ago, Kyrie Irving caused a stir among NBA fans all around the world when he suggested that the league should change its logo to a silhouette of the late Kobe Bryant. While some criticized the comment, fans all over the world have supported the initiative.

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Even Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, came out in support of Kyrie. Yesterday, Lakers’ President Jeanie Buss became the latest person to come out to bolster Kyrie & Vanessa’s comments. She tweeted, “I agree with Vanessa Bryant. Kobe set a standard and players agree too. Let me know what you think.”

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This is not the first time that the NBA community has wanted Kobe to be the logo. After the tragic death of the ‘Black Mamba‘, fans around the world signed a petition to change the league’s logo. The league, however, didn’t pay any heed.

The NBA community has been absolutely buzzing about a possible change in the league’s logo. There hasn’t been a major change in the league’s logo since its rebranding in 1969.

Given the current logo’s popularity all over the world, it looks unlikely that the league would be willing to make such a drastic change anytime soon.

NBA twitter chimes in for NBA logo change as a tribute to Kobe Bryant

NBA twitter is absolutely buzzing on the latest logo debacle. While majority fans have been in support of the change, others beg to differ.

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It is an open secret that the original inspiration of the current logo, Jerry West, is not the biggest fan of being the face of the league.

In an appearance at ESPN’s The Jump, West said, “There were five people that they were going to consider, and I didn’t find out about it until the late commissioner [J. Walter Kennedy] told me about it. Again, it’s flattering. But if I were the NBA, I would be embarrassed about it. I really would.”

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He also revealed that he was open about a possible change. “I don’t like to do anything to call attention to myself, and when people [call him The Logo], that’s just not who I am, period. If they would want to change it, I wish they would. In many ways I wish they would.”

With ‘The Logo’ himself being open about a possible change, is it time for the NBA to finally change their iconic logo to Kobe Bryant?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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