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DETROIT – Kyrie Irving is right.
It’s time for the NBA to change its logo by patterning it after one of its most notable Black players.
The only place where Irving might be wrong is in his choice of player.
The Brooklyn Nets guard on Wednesday launched the discussion with an Instagram post of a modified logo that featured late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant as the logo model. Lakers star Jerry West served as the model for the NBA logo that Alan Siegel created in 1969 — though the league doesn’t officially recognize it’s West.
Half a century later, Irving thinks it’s time to update the logo.
“Gotta Happen,” he wrote to his more than 14 million followers on Instagram, “idc what anyone says. BLACK KINGS BUILT THE LEAGUE.”
During a postgame interview Thursday, Irving added more context about his proposal to feature Bryant as the logo.
“As a native Black man, as a native Black king,” Irving said, “I think it’s part of my responsibility to continue to push our generation, our culture, forward.
“I know that it probably was met with some people that love the…