Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West is doing the media rounds in support of myAFibRisk.com, in support of stroke prevention, and he's said some interesting things. Including the fact that he would support the NBA logo, which bears his likeness, changing to that of Michael Jordan's silhouette:
Transcript via HoopsAddict:
“Well, I think the greatest player I’ve ever seen… and I hate to say it’s not a Laker but, Michael Jordan. He’s been the greatest player I’ve ever seen. And I’m probably a harsh judge of talent in the sense that I admire players that are really good defensive players and really good offensive players. And I felt that at his time in the game he was the best defensive player in the game, but more importantly he was the best offensive player. And he made his teams win.”
SportsLogos.net worked up a mock of what that would look like, in the same style:
It would be tempting to have a logo of Jordan dunking, but that would be too similar to the Jumpman logo.
West was iconic, but when people think of the NBA, one of the first names -- if not the first name -- they think of is Jordan. Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird are all great and represent the best the league has to offer, but Jordan defined multiple generations and his star has endured well past his playing days. Despite the fact that he was ruthless to a fault and not the greatest of teammates -- something that most players would say is essential among the values of the league -- he's still Jordan. And that means something more than words can express.
If West is down with it, and since you're not going to find hardly anyone to disagree with this idea, the league should bite the enormous bullet and pay for the rebranding of the logo.