A petition to change the NBA’s logo and feature a silhouette of Kobe Bryant has received more than two million online signatures as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at change.org.
“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,” wrote petition organizer Nick M whose Twitter handle is @ThatGuyN1CK.
Bryant was one of nine people, including his daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday near Calabasas, California.
The logo used today is a silhouette of Lakers great and Hall of Famer Jerry West, who was a longtime Lakers player and front office executive and now works for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Nearly three years ago, West told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on The Jump that he no longer wants to be the NBA logo.
“I don’t like to do anything to call attention to myself, and when people say that, it’s just not who I am, period,” West said. “If they would want to change it, I wish they would. In many ways, I wish they would.”
That would be a wonderful way to honor Bryant, and there are recognizable Bryant silhouettes the league could choose from, including Bryant driving to the basket or shooting his famous jump shot.
But the NBA has resisted changing the logo when presented with the option. Five years ago, West said it should be Michael Jordan. So while the sentiment is touching in the wake of Sunday’s tragedy, it seems unlikely the NBA will change the logo to feature another player.