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.”