"The Black Mamba" had a significant impact on Kyrie, as he played the role of a mentor for the young Irving coming up in the league and many other young stars in the NBA. That why he has such a massive influence around the NBA organization as players and fans worldwide felt impacted heavily by his tragic loss.
Kyrie shared this on his Instagram originally, suggesting the new logo and emphasizing the opinion that "Black Kings Built The League":
Kyrie doubled down in his press interview, saying he and the Nets will continue to advocate for the change of the logo and honoring of Kobe's legacy:
"As a native Black man, as a native Black king, I think it's part of my responsibility to continue to push our generation, our culture, forward. I know that it probably was met with some people that love the idea and some people that don't like it. My thing is paying homage to the example that has been set by that man... He was the standard for our generation and he will continue on,"
Kyrie Irving, via ESPN
Vanessa Bryant loved the idea, as she gave full support to Kyrie via her Instagram story. The NBA hasn't responded to the suggestion yet or revealed any plans to change their logo in the near future. Still, it will be hard to ignore, as there is a petition in full effect already with 3.2 million signatures.
The iconic NBA logo featuring the great Jerry West's silhouette has graced the NBA since 1969, as a lot of people seem to think the time for change and modernization has come. If the NBA decided to make a move, Kobe would definitely be high on the list of potential candidates, as his impact and legacy are some of the most influential in history. Kyrie has had some weird statements and concepts in the past, but I have a feeling this one will be far more accepted among the NBA community.