Kyrie Irving and Vanessa Bryant Want the NBA to Change Their Logo

NBA star Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets believes the league needs to update its logo. He posted a picture to his Instagram profile last week suggesting that the NBA should change its logo to honor the late LA Laker legend, Kobe Bryant, who passed in 2020.

Kyrie Irving and Vanessa Bryant Want the NBA to Change Their Logo
Kyrie Irving and Vanessa Bryant Want the NBA to Change Their Logo

Kyrie Irving is Persistent on Changing the NBA Logo

In his Instagram post, Kyrie Irving made sure to include a photo of what the new NBA logo would look like. He even stated his reasoning for the change. Irving said that it had to happen and he didn’t care what anyone would say about it. He added that Black kings built the NBA.

Vanessa Bryant, who is Kobe Bryant’s widow, agrees with the idea to change the logo. She shared Kyrie’s post adding how much she loves the idea.

The existing NBA logo is a model of Jerry West, who is a Hall of Famer who spent 14 seasons of his NBA career playing for the Lakers. In 2017, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers and became an executive board member. Jerry West has talked about changing the logo in the past and is open to the idea.

Would the NBA Be Open to the Idea?

The new NBA logo that Kyrie Irving proposed.
Kyrie Irving and Vanessa Bryant Want the NBA to Change Their Logo

Changing the NBA logo from Jerry West to a silhouette of Kobe Bryant, like Kyrie Irving proposed, isn’t a new idea. Just a few days after the crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people, many people suggested that the NBA changes the logo to honor Bryant.

After Bryant’s death, the NBA didn’t want to highlight a single player in its logo. Even though the current logo’s designer, Alan Siegel, admitted that he modeled the logo after Jerry West, the NBA hasn’t ever acknowledged the logo to be a specific player. The NBA doesn’t want to highlight a single player in the logo because it’d be impossible to choose just one person.

While a case could be made for Kobe Bryant, as Kyrie Irving suggested, one could also be made for Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and many others.