The NBA presented its logo in 1969, but Jerry West did not agree too much with the decision. He did not even know that his silhouette would have that outcome, much less that it would remain to this day, being a recognized icon throughout the planet.
The 14-time All-Star averaged 27.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 14 seasons with the Lakers in an interview for Getcha Popcorn Ready with T.O. & Hatch confessed about the situation that happened some time ago.
“They wanted to start to market the league so they had to have a logo. There were five guys, okay, five guys that they had picked out. The faces were all blanked out and there were five black men and one white guy. No one knew that, and so it could have been somebody completely different. So anyway, they happened to pick me. I never knew it and David Stern used to say, 'Well that's you now, that's Jerry West.' I really didn’t want to know, to be honest with you, because I don’t think that’s right or fair"
Will anything change with Jerry's recent statement? Kobe Bryant is one of the strongest options for the new silhouette, especially after his tragic passing while he was riding in his helicopter to go to a game with his daughter and some players and parents of the team.
Kyrie Irving, for instance, was the one who brought Kobe's option and could be a key to push the change.
Another option is Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players in the history of game, but his silhouette is already being used by his brand.
Despite this, Adam Silver's record has shown that he is not a leader reluctant to modifications and perhaps a change will occur in the future with all the opinions of the experts of the NBA, especially after Jerry's confession.
And finally, Jerry's affinity for Kobe Bryant will be favorable if the guard is one of the options. West was the one who brought the five-time champion to the Lakers at the time, following a trade with the Hornets that put Vlade Divac in Charlotte and brought a boy fresh out of high school to Los Angeles.