Rename the NBA MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant

Rename the NBA MVP award in honor of Kobe Bryant

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The current NBA MVP award is the Maurice Podoloff trophy, named after the first NBA comissioner and then President who served from 1946 to 1963. The trophy itself is modeled simply as the NBA logo not an actual player. In light of the untimely death of Kobe Bryant this petition seeks to rename the League MVP award in honor of him and to model the trophy in his likeness with his signature fade away shot.

Bryant was an 18-time All-Star,4-time All-Star MVP, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Bryant was the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships as well as 2 Olympic Gold Medals for Team USA.

In honoring Kobe with the highest individual award the NBA annually bestows upon the League's best player, this change would serve not only to solidify Kobe's legacy but also to soften the pain and loss among the hearts and minds of fans and athletes across the world. It would not displace Maurice Podoloff as the suggestion of a placard on the trophy articulating the history of the award can be incorporated into the new design. The "Black Mamba" Kobe Bryant can live again every year as the NBA MVP award- the Kobe Bryant trophy is proudly raised above the recipients head...

If for some reason it is impossible to rename the NBA MVP award then it should absolutely be a no brainer to name the NBA All-Star MVP award after Kobe, he has won the award a record four times in his career, a feat he shares only with Bob Pettit.

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