Following the shocking death of the former Los Angeles Lakers star, Boosie called on the NBA to switch its longtime logo featuring a silhouette of Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West to a version sporting Bryant’s likeness.
“It’s only right that the NBA take Jerry West off the logo and put Kobe Bryant on the logo,” he said in an Instagram video. “That’s only right, man. Fuck that. You gotta put Kobe Bryant on the NBA logo, man. This shit sad, man.”
Boosie added, “HOW I FEEL FUCK DAT #ripkobe PUT HIM ON THE NBA LOGO NOW #petitionthisshit,” in the post’s caption.
Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers, passed away in a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday (January 26). The group was en route to a youth basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.
West, the basketball legend currently immortalized as the NBA’s logo, played a pivotal role in Bryant’s career. As the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, West brought Bryant to the iconic franchise in a 1996 draft day trade with the Charlotte Hornets.
In an interview with ABC News, West detailed how he acted like a “surrogate father” to the late NBA star when Bryant began his pro career straight out of high school. He also shared how deeply the loss of Bryant affected him.
“The only thing I can compare it to is I had a brother killed in Korea,” West said. “I’m just devastated by this news.”
Check out what Boosie had to say above and listen to West’s reflections on Bryant below.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 27, 2020