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Kyrie Irving: NBA should change logo to Kobe Bryant

Nets star Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant

BROOKLYN, NY - DECEMBER 21: Former NBA Player, Kobe Bryant talks with Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on December 21, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As people advocated for the NBA to change its logo to Kobe Bryant after he died, I wrote:

I don’t think putting Bryant on the logo is the appropriate response. At the very minimum, let the emotion of this moment subside before making decisions that could last decades. If putting Bryant on the logo is fitting, that’ll still be the case next year.

Well, Nets star Kyrie Irving waited a year.


The NBA almost certainly won’t change its logo. Though everyone knows the silhouette depicts Jerry West, the league doesn’t officially acknowledge that. Importantly, West has not pushed for compensation.

Besides, the NBA found a more-fitting way to honor Bryant.