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OVER 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE SIGN PETITION TO HAVE KOBE BRYANT’S PHOTO AS NBA’S LOGO

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Over 1.5 million people have signed an online petition for the NBA logo to feature the late Kobe Bryant rather than his mentor Jerry West.

Signatures from across the world have been placed on a Change.Org petition in hope that the NBA pay the ultimate tribute to Bryant, who tragically died in helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

The current NBA logo was created by Alan Siegel in 1969 by incorporating Los Angeles Lakers star Jerry West’s silhouette from a photo taken by Wen Roberts. Jerry West, now 81, is an executive board member at the Los Angeles Clippers but he made his name as a player and coach at the Lakers. The West logo debuted in 1971. West was working for the Lakers as general manager and took Bryant under his wing as he transitioned from High School to life as a NBA star.

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Rapper Boosie Badazz was among the first to suggest the change, explaining his reasoning in an Instagram video.

‘Rest in peace, Kobe,’ he said. ‘This s*** sad, dawg. This f***ed up, man . . . It’s only right that the NBA take Jerry West off the logo and put Kobe Bryant on the logo, man. That’s only right, man. F***that, man. You gotta put Kobe Bryant on the NBA logo.’

Former NBA player Jamal Crawford agreed with idea, writing on Twitter: ‘Kobe has to be the new NBA logo.’

The change.org petition, which was posted by Nick M. of Vancouver, British Columbia reads

‘With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo.’

The target for the petition was originally 500,000 but it has now been raised to 3million due to the amount of signatures it has already garnered.

‘The support on this petition has been out of this WORLD. I want to deeply thank everybody who contributed through signing and donating to the petition. When I started this I didn’t expect much to come out of it my goal was 100 signatures at best,” he said.

He furthered on ‘I hope with our effort that our dream does come true and we are able to see Kobe Bryant engraved into the NBA Logo. Let’s continue to spread this petition out! And as Kobe would’ve said, ‘Mamba out’.

West released a statement to The Athletic following Bryant’s death.

‘The news we’ve all received today is the most devastating news that anyone can imagine,’ said West, who traded for Bryant’s draft rights in 1996 while serving as the Lakers general manager.

‘I am so saddened for Kobe’s parents, Vanessa, Natalia, Bianka, Capri, Kobe’s sisters and all of the NBA fans that hold Kobe in their hearts. This loss of Kobe, Gianna, and everyone on board, is beyond tragic and incomprehensible.

‘I will love Kobe forever and always cherish the time that I spent with him. I watched him grow from an energetic kid into the man he became, making a difference in so many people’s life. He has left the world a better place, Kobe’s legacy will live forever.’

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