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Adam Silver: No Plans To Change Iconic NBA Logo

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said there are no plans to change the league’s iconic logo, despite some buzz suggesting that should be the case.

“The logo is iconic,” Silver said during a press conference Saturday. “I appreciate the sentiments, but it feels like the logo is appropriate right now.”

It was recently suggested by Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving that the logo — currently a silhouette of Jerry West — be changed to a silhouette of the late Kobe Bryant. But as Silver reminded, Bryant already has his name attached to the All-Star Game MVP trophy.

Basically, West serves as a representative of some of the game’s earliest stars, and that yes, pro basketball actually existed before the era of Magic, Michael and Larry. Or in the case of many of today’s fans, before the year of 2000.

Along with the logo talk, Silver said he expects the 2021-22 season to tip off on time and return to its regular schedule.

“I’m fairly optimistic, at this point, that we will be able to start on time,” Silver said. “Roughly half our teams have fans in their arenas right now and, if vaccines continue on the pace they are and they continue to be as effective as they have been against the virus and its variants, we’re hopeful that we’ll have relatively full arenas next season as well.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at Hoopswire.com, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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  1. Kobe may be gone but MJ is a living legend and is far more popular even in his 50s than Kobe was in his prime. IF the NBA were to ever change their logo, which I think would be stupid since they built their brand on that logo, it should be to the Nike Jump Man logo of MJ. Globally there probably isn’t a sports fan out there who doesn’t associate that logo with NBA basketball and fewer yet who couldn’t tell you who that logo is of.

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