Petition to make Kobe Bryant new NBA logo collects more than two million votes

After the tragic accident in which the Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was killed, a petition calling for changing the NBA logo to perpetuate the legendary basketball player appeared on this Tuesday. At the moment, it has collected over two million signatures, and that is the highest number for the petition website in 2020.

Kobe Bryant was killed along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people in a helicopter crash on January 26th. He finished his career in 2016 after being the key player of the Lakers for 20 years. Bryant assisted much his team in winning the NBA Finals for five times, and also was a two-time Olympics champion as a member of the US national team (2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London).

The current NBA logo was created by Alan Siegel in 1969. According to the designer, while creating this iconic emblem featuring a silhouette of a basketball player, he was inspired by a photo of Jerry West who was the Lakers’ player too in 1960-1972. Asked about the idea of NBA logo changing, West, who is 81 now, said that he doesn’t mind it at all, being tired of numerous questions about his image in the emblem, and Kobe Bryant is the person who certainly deserves to be a symbol of the National Basketball Association.