Irving declared in an Instagram put up on Wednesday that the brand new emblem ought to honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend, who was killed alongside together with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and 7 different individuals, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, in January of final yr.
“Gotta Occur, idc [I don’t care] what anybody says,” Irving wrote. “BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE.”
Irving shared a photograph of an NBA design spotlighting Bryant, which he credited to graphic designer Tyson Beck within the feedback part of the put up.
The Nets star’s put up, which has since garnered over 1 million “likes” on Instagram, follows different calls to make Bryant the brand new NBA emblem that gained traction on-line.
Days after the NBA legend’s loss of life final yr, a petition to alter the brand to honor Bryant racked up over 2 million signatures. The league honored Bryant the next month by renaming the All-Star Recreation MVP trophy the Kobe Bryant MVP Award.
The well-known NBA emblem has featured a silhouette of one other Los Angeles Lakers legend and former NBA govt since 1969: Jerry West. However West has publicly stated on a number of events that he wished the NBA would change the brand.
“I don’t love to do something to name consideration to myself,” he as soon as stated on ESPN’s “The Leap.”
Designer Alan Siegel has confirmed in interviews that he created the brand utilizing a photograph of West, regardless that the NBA has by no means formally acknowledged that the brand is a silhouette of the Corridor of Famer.
Irving garnered broad assist for his name for the brand new emblem, together with from Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, who co-signed the thought.
She shared Irving’s put up in an Instagram Story on Wednesday, writing “Love this.”
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