More than a million people have signed a petition calling for the late Kobe Bryant’s silhouette to become the new NBA logo.
The former LA Lakers star and basketball legend was among nine people who tragically died in a helicopter crash at the weekend. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed in the crash with
The world has been mourning the loss of one of the greatest players in the sport’s history and one person has designed a way to properly honour him.
In just a day Nick’s petition on has racked up hundreds of thousands of signatures, all supporting his suggestion that the NBA logo gets remodelled in Kobe’s image.
The current silhouette belongs to fellow LA Lakers legend Jerry West, who drafted Kobe to the team he called home for 20 seasons back in 1996.
Mr West’s image on the NBA logo has remained unchanged since it was first designed in 1971.
When news of Kobe’s death reached West, the former sportsman released a statement, saying: “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.
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“I watched him grow from an energetic kid into the man he became, making a difference in so many peoples [lives].
“He has left the world a better place. Kobe’s legacy will live forever.”
Mr West wasn’t the only person to pay tribute to Kobe; with famous friends and fans like actor Kevin Hart, UFC legend Dana White, singer Demi Lovato and former NBA champion Bill Russell all issuing messages of love and heartbreak.
The Grammy Awards also paid a touching tribute to Bryant, with the awards show going live just after his death was announced.
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The ceremony, attended by the world’s biggest stars, was held in the Staples Center – the same stadium Bryant had spent his NBA career.
Bryant was such a well-respected player that when he retired in 2017, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Bryant’s numbers – 8 and 24 – and hanged two jerseys bearing those numbers in the rafters of the Staples Center.
Throughout the night’s awards, spotlights continued to illuminate the jerseys.
The show opened with a minute’s silence, with Interim Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. telling attendees: “As most of you may know, we lost Kobe Bryant in a tragic helicopter accident today.
“Since we are in his house, I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence.”
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This was followed by a touching tribute from singer Alicia Keys who said: “Kobe and his daughter Gianna, and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirits, in our hearts and our prayers today…. share our strength and our support with their families.
“We never imagined in a million years we would have to start the show like this… [Music is] the most healing thing in the world, so let’s get some healing going on right now.”
Boyz II Men then accompanied Keys to sing ‘It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye’.
Other stars also paid their respects to Bryant, with Lil Nas X having a Bryant Lakers jersey on stage during his performance.