Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving this week requested that Kobe Bryant now appear on the NBA logo in place of Jerry West
Because the former Lakers player was a role model for his generation, but also because he was black.
This is a subject that was raised shortly after the death of Kobe Bryant, in early 2020, then gently buried. Until Kyrie Irving, always quick to create debate – even over the shape of Earth – brought it back to the news.
In an Instagram post published Tuesday, the leader of the Brooklyn Nets asked that “Black Mamba” now appear on the logo of the NBA, and thus replace Jerry West, the silhouette of the League since 1969. But in addition to paying tribute to the former star of the Lakers, Irving wanted to “colorize” the debate. “It has to happen (the logo change, editor’s note), I don’t care what people say, wrote the ringleader. The Black Kings built the League.”
“He was the norm for our generation, and will continue to be”
Supported by some players such as LaMelo Ball or Trae Young, Kyrie Irving was also criticized for this release. He explained more in length on the night of Thursday to Friday, after the victory of the Nets against the Magic (129-92).
“As a black man, as native black king (“Native Black King“), it is my responsibility to continue to advance our culture, Irving told reporters. I know some people like this idea and others don’t like it. But my goal is to pay homage to the example set by this man. He was the norm for our generation, and will continue to be. I want something to be changed forever in history, and for our generation to be a part of that change. ”
“The Black Kings built the League, that’s exactly what I meant, that’s exactly what I think”
Irving, who said he did not want to disrespect the legends of the past, therefore believes that Kobe Bryant is more representative of today’s players than Jerry West, a white man born in the 1930s.
“Kobe should be on the logo for all those guys who’ve done things on and off the court, who’ve pushed the boundaries to get us here today,” he continued. “He’s a mentor to me. . He is more than just an inspiration. I have gained a lot of knowledge and wisdom from this man. He is always with me. ” And Irving to go on fire once again: “Kobe Bryant on the logo, it has to happen. I don’t care what people say. The Black Kings built the League, that’s exactly what I meant, c ‘is exactly what I think. ”
As a reminder, one year ago. It has now collected more than 3 million signatures. To most observers, a logo change still seems unlikely. Because the NBA values its current emblem, but also because the rape accusations against Kobe Bryant in 2003 – which did not lead to any conviction – are regularly brought up to the table by his detractors, and could therefore constitute a major obstacle.