Petition created to make Kobe Bryant the new NBA logo
The unexpected and tragic deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant have sent shockwaves around the globe.
The 41-year-old former NBA star, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others lost their lives in a helicopter crash. The incident took place on Sunday morning, and although emergency services were called to the scene, there were no survivors.
This is a full news report on the tragic crash:
Following the devastating news, tributes from around the world began to pour in for the player who had an outstanding 20-year career before retiring in 2016.
Now, people are calling for Kobe's achievements to be honored by making him the new NBA logo. Fans set up a petition after his death was announced, and at the time of writing, it has already received 246K signatures.
It reads: "With the untimely and unexpected passing of Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to make his memory last forever as the NBA Logo."
The current NBA logo is based on Jerry West. He has had the honor for decades and was actually the man who drafted Kobe to the Los Angeles Lakers back in 1996.
Prior to this, West played for the iconic team in the 1960s. Now his number, 44, has been retired and is on display in the Staples Centre.
Yesterday, when asked about Kobe's passing, West said that it was like losing a son.
"I watched him grow from an energetic kid into the man he became, making a difference in so many peoples [lives]," he said in a statement. "He has left the world a better place. Kobe's legacy will live forever."
If you'd like to sign the petition to make Kobe the new NBA logo, you can do so here.