The NBA has seen its fair share of tributes following the death of former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant–as well as eight others–in a helicopter crash last Sunday in Calabasas.
But Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the league should consider honoring Kobe in the most esteemed of fashions. And that’s by changing the NBA logo to Kobe himself.
Cuban said he would “support” a movement to change the logo’s silhouette from Jerry West to Kobe Bryant in a recent interview with TMZ:
“I just think it’s so much more than basketball,” Cuban told us … “He brought so many people together.”
The billionaire was very forthright about his respect for Bryant in the wake of the tragedy. The Mavs owner to retire the No. 24 in honor of Kobe (via Mike Brehm of USA TODAY):
“We are shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,” Cuban said in a statement. “Kobe was an ambassador for our game, a decorated legend and a global icon. Above all, he was a loving and dedicated father.
“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball, and our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick.”
Cuban is not the only one in the NBA community who has voiced his opinion on the matter. Veteran guard Jamal Crawford issued his support on Twitter last week:
Kobe has to be the new NBA logo…..
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) January 27, 2020
The idea has picked up steam among the common people in recent days. A petition on change.com suggesting the NBA change the logo had over two million signatures as of Tuesday.
The NBA has yet to release an official statement on the matter.