Irving declared in an Instagram publish on Wednesday that the brand new brand ought to honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend, who was killed alongside along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and 7 different folks, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, in January of final 12 months.
“Gotta Happen, idc [I don’t care] what anyone 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 publish.
The Nets star’s publish, which has since garnered over 1 million “likes” on Instagram, follows different calls to make Bryant the brand new NBA brand that gained traction on-line.
Days after the NBA legend’s dying final 12 months, 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 brand has featured a silhouette of one other Los Angeles Lakers legend and former NBA government 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 like to do anything to call attention to myself,” he as soon as stated on ESPN’s “The Jump.”
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 huge help for his name for the brand new brand, together with from Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, who co-signed the thought.
She shared Irving’s publish in an Instagram Story on Wednesday, writing “Love this.”
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