The sporting world has been left shocked by the tragic and untimely passing of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other victims in a helicopter crash over the weekend. Players and fans across the world have come together to mourn and pay tribute to the ‘GOAT‘.
However, two days ago, one particular fan came up with a touching way to immortalise the LA Lakers shooting guard. A petition has been making the rounds on Change.com campaigning to adapt the iconic NBA Logo to feature a silhouette of the Black Mamba. Boasting over 2 million signatures already, the petition is well on its way to reaching its ambitious goal of 3 million backers.
“Nick’s petition is not only the fastest-growing on Change.org, it’s also the first petition of 2020 to top 1 million signatures anywhere in the globe,” Michael Jones, managing director of Change.org, said in a statement. “As the world comes to terms with the death of someone as famous and well-known as Kobe Bryant, Nick has given basketball fans an outlet to create a permanent memory of someone who made history in the NBA.”
The petition has even garnered acclaim amongst celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber and Naomi Campbell, who have offered their support for the change.
The current logo was designed by Alan Siegel and features the silhouette of Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West.