A man walks past an NBA logo at an NBA exhibition in Beijing, China October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
It has been reported that a petition to make LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash, the new NBA logo has grown to huge proportions.
The petition has now become the first petition of 2020 on change.org to pass a million signatures, a report by the Agence France Presse, AFP, has shown.
Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Usher have all backed the move, which had received 2.6 million signatures by Wednesday, well on the way to its target of 3 million.
“When I started this petition I was just some 16-year-old kid who had just lost his role model and hero,” wrote Nick Moghtader from Vancouver in Canada, who registered the petition.
“I was using it as a way to cope and mourn his passing. My initial goal was to get a mere 100 signatures. Never would I have thought for this petition to get so incredibly big,” he wrote.
The NBA’s current logo features a white silhouette of Jerry West — another LA Lakers legend — and has been around since 1969.
West later became the Lakers’ general manager, picking a 17-year-old Bryant straight out of high school in the 1996 draft.